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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Oct;145(4):572-80. doi: 10.1177/0194599811416063. Epub 2011 Jul 19.

The Otology Data Collection project: report from the CHEER network.

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Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA. david.witsell@duke.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe and communicate data collected in the CHEER (Creating Healthcare Excellence through Education and Research) infrastructure proof-of-concept study to facilitate understanding of the potential capabilities of practice-based research networks and to present pilot data for development of future research initiatives.

STUDY DESIGN:

Prospective observational study of CHEER infrastructure operational capacity using a convenience sample of all patients presenting to the practices with tinnitus, dizziness, or a combination of these symptoms.

SETTING:

The CHEER network of community and academic practice sites.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

The data collection exercise collected demographic, clinical, treatment, and health-related quality-of-life surveys on tinnitus, dizziness, and migraine disorders. Descriptive analysis of the data is presented.

RESULTS:

Of the sites in the CHEER network, 73% (16/22) successfully enrolled subjects; a total of 1532 patients were enrolled in 8 months. Tinnitus alone, dizziness alone, and both occurred in 28%, 34%, and 29%, respectively. Patients complaining of tinnitus and dizziness had lower quality of life than those sufferers with 1 disorder. Migraine was associated with 27% of patients. The most frequent diagnoses for patients with tinnitus and dizziness were Ménière disease (34%), vertiginous migraine (18%), and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (16%).

CONCLUSION:

Descriptive data on patients with common disorders can be rapidly collected within the framework of a practice-based research network. The data in this study provide valuable pilot information on the targeted disorders, providing a baseline for development of future epidemiological data and clinical trials.

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PMID:
21771950
PMCID:
PMC3639480
DOI:
10.1177/0194599811416063
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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