2017 update of Otitis Media Guidelines using GRADEpro approach and transition to smartphone OM-APP.
This CRE-extension project has established a clinical and technical advisory group (TAG) to update the Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations and develop App content for use by clinicians and health workers who have responsibility for management of OM in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children – in urban, rural and remote populations.
OM-TAG Team (left to right A. Williams, Dr. S. Brophy-Williams, Prof. P. Torzillo, Prof. P. Morris, Prof. H. Coates, Dr. J. Sommer, Dr. H. Gunasekera, Dr.J. Boswell, K. Curry, Dr. J. Reath, S. Harkus, Prof. A. Leach): not in photo - Ass. Prof D. Lehmann, Dr. C. Perry, Ass. Prof K. Kong, Prof. S. O'Leary, Prof. D. Issacs, Ms. S. Nelson.
The OM-APP will be developed in stages. Stage i) updated Guideline (Systematic Reviews) and the diagnosis algorithms, incorporating still and video images and tympanograms (recommended for diagnosis of OM). The content will be developed under direction of a national technical advisory group (TAG), Chaired by a high profile expert with experience in Indigenous health. Stage ii) The OM-APP will be trialled extensively with consumers (clinicians and AHPs), using real world case studies.
There is a need to raise awareness of the early impacts OM and hearing loss on child development, on social and educational outcomes throughout life – this updated guideline and OM-APP has the potential to make a substantial contribution to awareness and motivation.
The OM-APP is available on your smart phone via Google Play and Apple's App Store.
Project Lead: Professor Amanda Leach, Menzies School of Health Research
Centre of Research Excellence in Ear and Hearing Health Goals