General practitioners' versus consultants' perspective on indications for paediatric tonsillectomy: Current trends

J. Manickavasagam (Lead / Corresponding author), S. Ali, M. S. Quraishi

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    Abstract

    Aims: We undertook a study to ascertain what factors general practitioners consider important when referring children for tonsillectomy, and to compare these views with those of consultant ENT surgeons.

    Methods: Web-based questionnaire study.

    Results: A total of 141 general practitioners and 146 consultants responded. Tonsillectomy in children was regarded as a useful operation by 65 per cent of general practitioners and 98 per cent of consultant ENT surgeons. This difference was statistically significant (p < 0.001, chi-square test). In 1994, Donnelly et al. found that 92 per cent of general practitioners considered tonsillectomy in children a useful operation; our results were significantly different (p < 0.001, chi-square test).

    Conclusions: There is a good level of awareness and agreement on the currently accepted indications for paediatric tonsillectomy in both groups. However, there were important areas of difference between the two groups with regard to 'glue ear', recurrent ear infections and snoring. Standardised indications for tonsillectomy should be effectively disseminated to general practitioners.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)163-167
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
    Volume126
    Issue number2
    Early online date14 Dec 2011
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

    Keywords

    • Child
    • Consultants
    • Decision Making
    • General Practitioners
    • Specialization
    • Tonsillectomy

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