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Images of otoscopy: rate and extent of non-compliance with good practice standards

  • G Crundwell (a1), J Harmer (a1) (a2), M Maltby (a3), T Mills (a1), C Neumann (a4), L Walsh (a1) and D Baguley (a1) (a2)...

Abstract

Background:

The British Society of Audiology has produced clear guidelines as to how otoscopy should be undertaken; however, no nationally recognised guidelines exist for the wider clinical community. Images of otoscopy appear in many books, journals, magazines and websites.

Objective:

This study aimed to determine the rate of non-compliance with good practice in images of otoscopy, the seriousness of the breach, and whether this is more common in sites for professionals or the general public.

Method:

Google Images was searched using the terms ‘otoscopy’ and ‘ear examination’. A total of 200 images were identified and collated. The images were reviewed for compliance with good practice standards.

Results:

Only 12.75 per cent of the images were graded as having no breach of good practice standards.

Conclusion:

Professional websites have a responsibility to show best practice. When choosing an image, the source of the image needs to be carefully considered.

Copyright

Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Mrs Gemma Crundwell, Department of Audiology (Box 94), Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK Fax: 01223 586 912, E-mail: gemma.crundwell@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

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