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Promotion and views on tinnitus self-help within United Kingdom National Health Service audiology departments

Promotion and views on tinnitus self-help within United Kingdom National Health Service audiology departments
Promotion and views on tinnitus self-help within United Kingdom National Health Service audiology departments
Self-help has the potential to provide low-cost and effective ways of improving access to psychological support for people with tinnitus. When developing and evaluating resources it is important to consider issues that may influence successful implementation. This Survey explored clinicians’ use and views on self-help, and barriers to implementation. An online survey was distributed to 220 UK audiology departments. One-hundred and twenty-four clinicians responded to the survey (91 audiologists, 32 hearing therapists, 1 clinical psychologist), each representing a different tinnitus department. Two-thirds of respondents reported providing or recommending self-help resources. Potential benefits were patient empowerment and providing a means of engaging patients in their care. Almost half of respondents felt that there is insufficient training or guidance for clinicians on using or promoting self-help. Clinicians felt that for patients with low-level tinnitus severity, self-help may reduce the number of audiology appointments required. For patients with more complex needs self-help may be useful to engage with between clinical appointments. Further research is needed to determine effectiveness, who benefits, and by what mechanism, before clinicians can confidently recommend or implement self-help. Clinicians will benefit from formal guidance on promoting and supporting use of self-help for tinnitus.
Smith, Sandra
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Smith, Sandra, Broomhead, Emily, Greenwell, Kate, Watts, Emily, Stockdale, David and Hoare, Derek (2018) Promotion and views on tinnitus self-help within United Kingdom National Health Service audiology departments. International Journal of Audiology. (doi:10.1080/14992027.2018.1512013).

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Self-help has the potential to provide low-cost and effective ways of improving access to psychological support for people with tinnitus. When developing and evaluating resources it is important to consider issues that may influence successful implementation. This Survey explored clinicians’ use and views on self-help, and barriers to implementation. An online survey was distributed to 220 UK audiology departments. One-hundred and twenty-four clinicians responded to the survey (91 audiologists, 32 hearing therapists, 1 clinical psychologist), each representing a different tinnitus department. Two-thirds of respondents reported providing or recommending self-help resources. Potential benefits were patient empowerment and providing a means of engaging patients in their care. Almost half of respondents felt that there is insufficient training or guidance for clinicians on using or promoting self-help. Clinicians felt that for patients with low-level tinnitus severity, self-help may reduce the number of audiology appointments required. For patients with more complex needs self-help may be useful to engage with between clinical appointments. Further research is needed to determine effectiveness, who benefits, and by what mechanism, before clinicians can confidently recommend or implement self-help. Clinicians will benefit from formal guidance on promoting and supporting use of self-help for tinnitus.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 August 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 27 September 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 424786
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/424786
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ORCID for Kate Greenwell: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3662-1488

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Date deposited: 05 Oct 2018 11:45
Last modified: 27 Mar 2020 05:01

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