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Practice patterns of South African audiologists in cerumen management: a pilot study.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To determine the training, self-reported competence and practice patterns of South African audiologists (SAAs) regarding cerumen management (CM).

DESIGN

Prospective cross-sectional survey. An online questionnaire was completed by SAA between July and September 2016. The questionnaire addressed sections on educational training, experience and practice patterns of SAAs regarding CM.

STUDY SAMPLE

Three hundred and fifty-six SAAs responded to an email invitation sent to 382 actively-practicing audiologists.

RESULTS

Majority of the participants (85%) were employed for less than 10 years. Forty-nine percent received less than 10 hours of theoretical training while 57% received less than 10 hours of clinical education. A total of 96% of the participants indicated they felt competent to perform CM, with 96% preferring manual, ear syringing, or a combination of the two. Handwashing pre- and post-procedure was the preferred method of infection prevention and control by 87% of the participants with 66% of these indicating they only wore gloves. Majority (85%) of the participants indicated that they always explained the possible complications of CM to their patients.

CONCLUSION

Findings from this study indicate that South African audiologists feel that they are adequately trained and competent to perform CM.

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    a Faculty of Health Sciences , University of Fort Hare East London Campus , South Africa. b Faculty of Health Sciences , University of Cape Town , Cape Town , South Africa.

    Source

    International journal of audiology 57:9 2018 09 pg 703-706

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    29869562

    Citation

    Phanguphangu, Mukovhe. "Practice Patterns of South African Audiologists in Cerumen Management: a Pilot Study." International Journal of Audiology, vol. 57, no. 9, 2018, pp. 703-706.
    Phanguphangu M. Practice patterns of South African audiologists in cerumen management: a pilot study. Int J Audiol. 2018;57(9):703-706.
    Phanguphangu, M. (2018). Practice patterns of South African audiologists in cerumen management: a pilot study. International Journal of Audiology, 57(9), pp. 703-706. doi:10.1080/14992027.2018.1476780.
    Phanguphangu M. Practice Patterns of South African Audiologists in Cerumen Management: a Pilot Study. Int J Audiol. 2018;57(9):703-706. PubMed PMID: 29869562.
    * Article titles in AMA citation format should be in sentence-case
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