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EBP Compendium: Summary of Clinical Practice Guideline

Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care
Screening for Otitis Media with Effusion: Recommendation statement from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care

Butler, C. C., & MacMillan, H. L. (2001).
Canadian Medical Association Journal, 165(8), 1092-1093.

AGREE Rating: Recommended with Provisos

Description:

This guideline provides recommendations from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care pertaining to screening for otitis media with effusion. Although a specific target audience was not identified, this guideline appears most relevant to professionals in primary care settings. Recommendations are graded as Level A (good evidence to support the practice), Level B (fair evidence to support the practice), Level C (insufficient evidence regarding the practice), Level D (fair evidence to exclude the practice), Level E (good evidence to exclude the practice).

Recommendations:

  • Screening/Assessment
    • "There is insufficient evidence to include routine early screening for otitis media with effusion (OME) in, or exclude it from, the periodic health examination of children up to 4 years of age" (Level C) (p. 1092).
  • Management
    • Speech and Language
      • General Findings - "There is insufficient evidence to recommend early screening for OME to prevent delayed language development" (Level C) (p. 1092).

Keywords: Otitis Media; Language Disorders

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Added to Compendium: November 2011

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