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This research project aimed to determine how Australian primary health care medical practitioners diagnose and manage otitis media in Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. The researchers mailed a 5-page clinical vignette questionnaire to medical practitioners at all of Australia’s Aboriginal Medical Services. Responses for Indigenous children were compared with those for non-Indigenous children. The results showed that Aboriginal Medical Service practitioners rely on otoscopy alone to diagnose otitis media and are more likely to use antibiotics for Indigenous children despite not knowing the guidelines.
Abstract adapted from Gunasekera in Pediatrics
Dr Hasantha Gunasekera
University of Sydney
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