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Table 2 Content analysis: information on tinnitus assessment

From: An evaluation of the content and quality of tinnitus information on websites preferred by General Practitioners

Website Sudden hearing loss¶ Significant distress¶ Cranial nerve symptoms¶\ Pulsatile tinnitus¶ Unilateral hearing loss ® Persistent tinnitus ® Unilateral tinnitus ® Impact on QOL ® Anxiety Depression Sleep problems Onset, causes Tinnitus pitch/loudness Hearing loss Hearing difficulties Otoscopy Carotid bruit General medical
Map of Medicine √√ √√ √√ √√ √√
BTA        
GP notebook √√ √√ √√ √√   √√ √√
eMedicine      
CKS √√ √√ √√   √√ √√   
Mentor-online      √√    
GP online   √√ √√   √√   
Action on Hearing Loss √√   √√   √√
Patient.co.uk     √√
NHS Choices         
  1. Use of each keyword or phrase on each website is indicated by a single tick (√). A double tick (√√) indicated that the keyword or phrase was used in the context of a referral criterion as defined by Department of Health. A blank cell indicates the keyword or phrase was not used. Sudden hearing loss, significant distress, cranial nerve symptoms and pulsatile tinnitus are all defined as ‘red flags’ for immediate referral to secondary care (¶). Unilateral hearing loss, persistent tinnitus, unilateral tinnitus, and impact of Quality of Life (QOL) are defined as criteria for referral to secondary care ®. BTA British Tinnitus Association, CKS Clinical Knowledge Summaries.