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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Measuring Health-Related Quality of Life after Pediatric Cochlear Implantation: A Systematic Review

Lin, F. R., & Niparko, J. K. (2006).
International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 70(10), 1695-1706.

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 No
Quality assessments are reproducible N/A

Description: This is a systematic review of published, original, peer-reviewed research studies addressing the measurement of health-related quality of life outcomes for children with cochlear implants.

Question(s) Addressed:

How has health-related quality of life (HRQL) been measured in children with cochlear implants?

Population: Children with cochlear implants

Intervention/Assessment: Measurement of health-related quality of life

Number of Studies Included: 10

Years Included: Through 2005



There is a lack of well-validated HRQL instruments. Future studies should ensure use of a validated measure and utilize strict inclusion/exclusion criteria. As a previous study has demonstrated reduced HRQL in 7-8 year old deaf children in comparison to hearing peers, future studies should address the impact of cochlear implantation at varying stages of development.

Keywords: Deafness, Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implants

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This review may be more appliable to researchers in the field, as the appropriateness of the quality of life measures is the topic of the review, not the effect of cochlear implantation on quality of life

Added to Compendium: February 2012

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