American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

HTA Programme
Current Practice, Accuracy, Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of the School Entry Hearing Screen

Bamford, J., Fortnum, H., et al. (2007).
Health Technology Assessment 11(32).

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question Yes
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This health technology assessment contains a systematic review of systematic reviews and comparative studies addresing the effectiveness of school entry hearing screening.

Question(s) Addressed:

  1. How accurate are the tests used in school-based hearing screening in terms of sensitivity and specificity?
  2. What is the performance of school-based hearing screening in terms of yield and uptake?
  3. What is the effectiveness of school-based hearing screening in terms of language, education and social outcomes of children?
  4. What are the adverse effects of school-based hearing screening?

Population: Children ages 4-6 years

Intervention/Assessment: Hearing screening

Number of Studies Included: 28

Years Included: Through 2005

Findings:

Conclusions:

Lack of quality evidence and poor comparability between studies limit the conclusions which can be drawn as to the effectiveness of school entry screening. (abstract)

Keywords: Hearing Screening

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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