News Health of indigenous people

Aboriginal study prompts push for action on children's hearing loss

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:413
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. Sydney

    The Australian government has been urged by the authors of a new study to make a topical antibiotic treatment available to Aboriginal children to help reduce the impact of an ear infection linked to hearing loss and educational difficulties.

    A randomised controlled trial conducted by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation found that Aboriginal children with chronic suppurative otitis media were more likely to be cured if treated with ciprofloxacin drops than with the conventional treatment of topical framycetin, gramicidin, and dexamethasone (Medical Journal of Australia 2003;179: 185-90.)

    Among the 111 Aboriginal children who completed the trial, 52% of those given conventional treatment …

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