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Watchful waiting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with acute otitis media (WATCH) trial is a research project which aims to investigate appropriate treatment strategies for ear infections in Indigenous children in metropolitan areas to decrease their risk of developing chronic complications.
The WATCH trial will involve 500 children who have acute otitis media from 6 city-based Aboriginal Medical Services in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. Each child in the study will either receive the 'watchful waiting' treatment technique (careful monitoring of the ear condition by a health professional with no antibiotics) or immediate antibiotic treatment. The effectiveness of each treatment technique will be evaluated based on follow up health centre visits and telephone surveys.
Abstract adapted from the University of Western Sydney
University of Western Sydney
Senior Research Officer
Otitis Media Treatment Trial
Dr Trent Reardon
Ph: (02) 9851 6076