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Ear wax removal interventions : a systematic review and economic evaluation

Loveman, Emma, Gospodarevskaya, Elena, Clegg, Andy, Bryant, Jackie, Harris, Petra, Bird, Alex, Scott, David A., Davidson, Peter, Little, Paul and Coppin, Richard 2011, Ear wax removal interventions : a systematic review and economic evaluation, British journal of general practice, vol. 61, no. 591, pp. 680-683, doi: 10.3399/bjgp11X601497.

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Title Ear wax removal interventions : a systematic review and economic evaluation
Author(s) Loveman, Emma
Gospodarevskaya, Elena
Clegg, Andy
Bryant, Jackie
Harris, Petra
Bird, Alex
Scott, David A.
Davidson, Peter
Little, Paul
Coppin, Richard
Journal name British journal of general practice
Volume number 61
Issue number 591
Start page 680
End page 683
Total pages 4
Publisher Royal College of General Practitioners
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2011-10-01
ISSN 1478-5242
Summary Excessive ear wax can lead to symptoms such as hearing loss, tinnitus, itching, vertigo, and pain. Treatment to remove ear wax is generally carried out in primary care, and recent estimates suggest that up to 2 million ear irrigations are performed in England and Wales each year.1 This places a considerable demand on GP surgeries. A range of simple and often inexpensive remedies and proprietary drops can be used either to dissipate the wax orsoften it prior to removal. Although removal through irrigation usually occurs in primary care, some people may self-treat. Treatments offered often appear to be based on custom and local practice, rather than an awareness of the comparative effectiveness and costs of the different alternatives. Although evidence on the efficacy of different treatments has been published, no study has examined both clinical and cost-effectiveness. This report summarises a systematic review and economic evaluation of different approaches to ear wax removal taken from a UK perspective.
Language eng
DOI 10.3399/bjgp11X601497
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, British journal of general practice
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30064406

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