Association Between Social Disparities, Ear Infection Treatment in Children

JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery

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About The Study: The findings of this study of 4.8 million children with otitis media (infection of the middle ear) and commercial insurance suggest that those who were socially disadvantaged were less likely to receive treatment and more likely to experience complications for undertreated otitis media. As otitis media is a modifiable risk factor for hearing loss, efforts need to be made to ensure equitable access to treatment for all children. 

Authors: Z. Jason Qian, M.D., of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California, is the corresponding author.

 

(doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2022.3560)

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