Background: Medical education and guidelines have been advocated as major means of improving the managernent of otitis media. Limited data are available concerning medical education in acute otitis media (AOM), and the association between medical education and attitudes about AOM guidelines has never been explored. Objectives: To assess the prevalence of medical education concerning AOM, of a Positive attitude toward AOM guidelines and of appropriate diagnostic methods in a large sample of Italian pediatricians (PEDs) and otolaryngologist (ENTs) and to look for possible associations between them. Subjects and Methods: This cross-sectional survey was based on the responses of 2012 physicians (1160 PEDs and 852 ENTs) to a mailed anonymous questionnaire. Results: Very few (9%) of the responders had received any AOM medical education during Medical school, but the number increased (hiring residency (38%) and peaked in the postresidency period (53%) with slight differences between PEDs and ENTs. Forty percent reported a positive attitude toward AOM guidelines, with PEDs having a better attitude than ENTs (46% vs. 32%, P < 0.001), An appropriate diagnostic method for AOM was reported by only 21% of the physicians (PEDs 11% vs. ENTs 35%, P < 0.001). AOM Medical education during postresidency and reporting the use of appropriate diagnostic methods were significantly associated With a positive attitude about AOM guidelines. Conclusions: Specific educational programs concerning AOM should be implemented and rigorously evaluated, before physicians become fully trained PEDs and ENTs, and maintained during postresidency. Evidence-based guidelines should be further incorporated into everyday practice of both PEDs and ENTs.
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|Titolo:||Medical Education and Attitudes About Acute Otitis Media Guidelines A Survey of Italian Pediatricians and Otolaryngologists|
|Citazione:||P., M., E., M., C., K., F., P., S., E., S., B., et al. (2009). Medical Education and Attitudes About Acute Otitis Media Guidelines A Survey of Italian Pediatricians and Otolaryngologists. THE PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE JOURNAL, 28, 1-4.|
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