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Assessing the effects of tinnitus retraining therapy in patients lost to follow-up: a telephone survey.
Otol Neurotol. 2015 Apr; 36(4):581-7.ON

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To evaluate the efficacy of tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), especially in patients who did not revisit the clinic after starting the program, and to determine the current status of patients who were lost to follow-up.

STUDY DESIGN

Telephone survey.

SETTING

Tertiary referral center.

PATIENTS

Forty-seven patients enrolled in a TRT program at Seoul National University Hospital. Twenty-four patients who regularly visited the clinic were deemed the good follow-up (GF) group, and 23 patients who did not return after the initial counseling were deemed the follow-up loss (FL) group.

INTERVENTIONS

Post-TRT questionnaires with the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) and a tinnitus visual analog scale (VAS), performed with a telephone survey.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES

TRT efficacy, evaluated via the THI, and tinnitus VAS scores. A questionnaire on reasons for non-attendance after TRT was used.

RESULTS

Pre-TRT VAS and THI scores showed no significant difference between groups. After TRT, both groups showed significant decreases in tinnitus VAS and THI scores. Post-TRT VAS scores for awareness, effects on daily life, and post-TRT THI scores were significantly lower in the FL group.

CONCLUSIONS

Treatment outcomes were better in the FL group than in the GF group in several parameters. The FL group was greatly influenced by the first TRT counseling and obtained sufficient relief that they no longer felt the need for additional treatment. Treatment outcomes in patients lost to follow-up may not be as bad as presumed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Clinical Trial
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25756459

Citation

Han, Jae Joon, et al. "Assessing the Effects of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy in Patients Lost to Follow-up: a Telephone Survey." Otology & Neurotology : Official Publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology, vol. 36, no. 4, 2015, pp. 581-7.
Han JJ, Lee JH, Oh SH, et al. Assessing the effects of tinnitus retraining therapy in patients lost to follow-up: a telephone survey. Otol Neurotol. 2015;36(4):581-7.
Han, J. J., Lee, J. H., Oh, S. H., Chang, S. O., & Suh, M. W. (2015). Assessing the effects of tinnitus retraining therapy in patients lost to follow-up: a telephone survey. Otology & Neurotology : Official Publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology, 36(4), 581-7. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAO.0000000000000716
Han JJ, et al. Assessing the Effects of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy in Patients Lost to Follow-up: a Telephone Survey. Otol Neurotol. 2015;36(4):581-7. PubMed PMID: 25756459.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Assessing the effects of tinnitus retraining therapy in patients lost to follow-up: a telephone survey. AU - Han,Jae Joon, AU - Lee,Jun Ho, AU - Oh,Seung Ha, AU - Chang,Sun O, AU - Suh,Myung-Whan, PY - 2015/3/11/entrez PY - 2015/3/11/pubmed PY - 2015/10/9/medline SP - 581 EP - 7 JF - Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology JO - Otol Neurotol VL - 36 IS - 4 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), especially in patients who did not revisit the clinic after starting the program, and to determine the current status of patients who were lost to follow-up. STUDY DESIGN: Telephone survey. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Forty-seven patients enrolled in a TRT program at Seoul National University Hospital. Twenty-four patients who regularly visited the clinic were deemed the good follow-up (GF) group, and 23 patients who did not return after the initial counseling were deemed the follow-up loss (FL) group. INTERVENTIONS: Post-TRT questionnaires with the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) and a tinnitus visual analog scale (VAS), performed with a telephone survey. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: TRT efficacy, evaluated via the THI, and tinnitus VAS scores. A questionnaire on reasons for non-attendance after TRT was used. RESULTS: Pre-TRT VAS and THI scores showed no significant difference between groups. After TRT, both groups showed significant decreases in tinnitus VAS and THI scores. Post-TRT VAS scores for awareness, effects on daily life, and post-TRT THI scores were significantly lower in the FL group. CONCLUSIONS: Treatment outcomes were better in the FL group than in the GF group in several parameters. The FL group was greatly influenced by the first TRT counseling and obtained sufficient relief that they no longer felt the need for additional treatment. Treatment outcomes in patients lost to follow-up may not be as bad as presumed. SN - 1537-4505 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25756459/Assessing_the_effects_of_tinnitus_retraining_therapy_in_patients_lost_to_follow_up:_a_telephone_survey_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/MAO.0000000000000716 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -