Clinical guidelines and practice: A commentary on the complexity of tinnitus management

Derek J. Hoare, Deborah A. Hall

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Subjective tinnitus is an enigmatic and chronic condition that is predominantly managed as symptomatic. Little high-level evidence exists for the efficacy and specificity of the various tinnitus management strategies currently used, and this is reflected in documents that aim to guide clinicians. As a consequence, there are clear gaps in evidence-based practice linking diagnosis to the most effective management strategies as well as a general lack of consensus about which are appropriate strategies for assessment and management. Several guidelines have been produced from research efforts and from expert opinion. All recommend standardization of assessment and a range of management options but do not yet provide a means to link the two. The authors call for clinicians, scientists, and policy makers to work together to address this barrier to good practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-420
Number of pages8
JournalEvaluation and the Health Professions
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


  • department of health
  • practice guidelines
  • standardization
  • tinnitus management
  • tinnitus research initiative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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