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Title: Cost-effectiveness of audiometric screening of first-year preparatory pupils in Dhofar region, Oman
Authors: Aasham, T.
Khand ekar, R.
Khabori, M.
Helmi, S.A.
Issue Date: 2004
Language: English
Abstract: Audiometric screening was conducted in Dhofar region to study the magnitude of ear problems and cost-effectiveness of screening first-year preparatory-school children in Oman. None of the 1894 pupils had otitis media with effusion or sensory neuronal hearing loss. Six children [0.32%] had impacted wax, 4 [0.21%] chronic suppurative otitis media and 2 [0.11%] dry perforation of eardrum. In all, 14 children [0.74%] with suspected hearing impairment were referred to a specialist but only 2 attended. Physicians and nurses spent 8-10 minutes for ear examination per child for a yield of less than 1%. The screening expenditure was US$ 5 per pupil. As the prevalence of serious ear conditions was low, we conclude that exp and ing the audiometric screening of schoolchildren to first-year preparatory pupils is not cost-effective
Description: 303-308
Keywords: Cerumen
Chronic Disease
Cross-Sectional Studies
Forecasting
Health Expenditures
Mass Screening
Otitis Media, Suppurative
School Health Services
Subject: Audiometry
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119412
ISSN: 1020-3397
Other Identifiers: http://applications.emro.who.int/emhj/1003/10_3_2004_303_308.pdf
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