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Int J Audiol. 2018 Sep;57(9):714-719. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2018.1468093. Epub 2018 May 9.

The development of a decision aid for tinnitus.

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a Audiology Department , School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University , Birmingham , UK.
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b Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice , Lebanon , PA , USA.
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c Psychology Department , School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University , Birmingham , UK.
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d NIHR NWL CLAHRC Improvement [Patient] Fellow, 4th Floor, Lift Bank D , Imperial College London, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust , London , UK.
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e Psychology Department , University of Bath , Bath , UK.
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f Hearing Therapy and Audiology Department , St Martins Hospital , Bath , UK.
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g Great Western Hospital , Swindon , UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop a decision aid for tinnitus care that would meet international consensus for decision aid quality.

DESIGN:

A mixed methods design that included qualitative in-depth interviews, literature review, focus groups, user testing and readability checking.

STUDY SAMPLE:

Patients and clinicians who have clinical experience of tinnitus.

RESULTS:

A decision aid for tinnitus care was developed. This incorporates key evidence of efficacy for the most frequently used tinnitus care options, together with information derived from patient priorities when deciding which choice to make.

CONCLUSION:

The decision aid has potential to enable shared decision making between clinicians and patients in audiology. The decision aid meets consensus standards.

KEYWORDS:

Tinnitus; assistive technology; instrumentation; patient centred care; psycho-social/emotional; shared decision making

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