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Protocol - Ear Infections (Otitis Media)

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Description:

This protocol contains two interviewer-administered questions from the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that capture the frequency of ear infections and whether or not the respondent has ever had tubes inserted in his/her ears.

Protocol:

1. {Have you/Has SP} ever had 3 or more ear infections?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 2 No

[ ] 7 Refused

[ ] 9 Don't Know

2. {Have you/Has SP} ever had a tube placed in {your/his/her} ear to drain the fluid from {your/his/her} ear?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 2 No

[ ] 7 Refused

[ ] 9 Don't Know

SP = Sample Person

Protocol Name from Source:

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Availability:

Publicly available

Personnel and Training Required
The interviewer must be trained to conduct personal interviews with individuals from the general population. The interviewer must be trained and found to be competent (i.e., tested by an expert) at the completion of personal interviews. The interviewer should be trained to prompt respondents further if a "don't know" response is provided.
Equipment Needs
These questions can be administered in a computerized or non-computerized format (i.e., pencil-and-paper instrument). Computer software is necessary to develop computer-assisted instruments. The interviewer will require a laptop computer/handheld computer to administer a computer-assisted questionnaire.
Requirements
Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Interviewer-administered questionnaire

Life Stage:

Adolescent, Adult

Participants:

Adolescents and adults, ages 12 and older

Specific Instructions:
The Speech and Hearing Working Group notes that this protocol could also be self-administered and that it could be asked of young children by a parent.
Selection Rationale

These two questions were selected because they capture the number of past ear infections and the presence of tubes in the ears and were included in a well-established national study (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NHANES).

Language

English, Spanish

Standards
StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE) Hearing Ear Infection Assessment Description Text 3139302 CDE Browser
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Ear infections - otitis media proto 62979-0 LOINC
Process and Review

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). (2009–2010). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Audiometry Procedures Manual. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

General References
None
Protocol ID:

200201

Variables:
Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX200201_Three_Or_More_Ear_Infections PX200201010000 {Have you/Has SP} ever had 3 or more ear infections? 4 N/A
PX200201_Tubes_In_Ears PX200201020000 {Have you/Has SP} ever had a tube placed in {your/his/her} ear to drain the fluid from {your/his/her} ear? 4 N/A
Research Domain Information
Measure Name:

Ear Infections (Otitis Media)

Release Date:

October 8, 2010

Definition

This measure is a questionnaire to assess the respondent's history of middle ear infections and tube insertions in the ears.

Purpose

This measure can be used to screen a respondent for a history of otitis media.

Keywords

Ear infection, Ear tubes, Middle ear infection, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NHANES, Speech and Hearing