בשל "הגנת זכויות יוצרים" מובא להלן קישור לתקציר המאמר. לקריאתו בטקסט מלא, אנא פנה/י לספרייה הרפואית הזמינה לך.
The 2019 revised NICE guidance (TA566) on cochlear implantation (CI) lowered the audiological threshold at which patients become eligible for CI. NICE estimates this will result in a 70% increase in CI by 2024/25.
We performed a retrospective audit of all audiograms performed at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust (serving a population of 695,000 people) over the last 6 years.
We identified how many patients were eligible for CI using both the 2009 guidelines and the revised 2019 guidelines.
When using the 2019 guidelines, 262% more patients were eligible on audiological grounds for CI (P=0.0009).
Increased demand for CI surgeons will require either higher throughput from existing centres, or the creation of new centres entirely, whilst training more surgeons may require a corresponding increase in CI fellowships.