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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Interpretation and Use of Caloric Testing

Gonçalves, D. U., Felipe, L., et al. (2008).
Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, 74(3), 440-446.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication No
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible N/A

Description: This is a review of published research investigating the use of caloric testing to assess vestibular function in individuals with balance disorders.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Not stated

Intervention/Assessment: Caloric testing

Number of Studies Included: 55

Years Included: 1905 - January 2006



  • Assessment/Diagnosis
    • Assessment Instruments
      • Caloric Test
        • The findings of this review suggest that there is conformity about what to expect from caloric testing. The authors conclude that "caloric testing remains the main test for evaluating peripheral vestibular function" (p. 445).
        • The authors indicated that "modern technology has improved the test accuracy and sensitivity" (p. 445).

Keywords: Balance Disorders

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Added to Compendium: January 2012

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