Tinnitus management retrospective (Edmonds et al., 2017)
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Purpose: The primary purpose of this study was to determine whether progressive tinnitus management Level 3 skills education workshops conducted at the Bay Pines and Boston Veterans Affairs hospitals result in consistent use of the presented tinnitus management strategies by patients 1–5 years after completing the workshops.
Method: In fiscal year (FY) 2015, the tinnitus workshop follow-up form was mailed to all veterans who completed the Level 3 workshops between FY 2010 and FY 2014. Data were compiled to determine which, if any, of the skills taught in the workshops were being used 1–5 years after completion of the workshops and the impact on quality-of-life indicators.
Results: All self-management skills were being utilized up to 5 years postcompletion; therapeutic sound was utilized the most. The majority of patients reported an improved ability to manage reactions to tinnitus and improved quality-of-life indicators. Over 90% of patients from both sites recommended the program to others with tinnitus.
Conclusion: The self-management skills taught in the progressive tinnitus management Level 3 workshops are sustained over time even when limited resources prevent the full complement of workshops or the involvement of mental health services. The workshops can also be successfully implemented through remote delivery via videoconferencing (telehealth).
Supplemental Material S1. Six-week post-workshop telephone interview script.
Supplemental Material S2. Self-Efficacy for Managing Reactions to Tinnitus (SMRT) questionnaire.
Supplemental Material S3. Tinnitus workshop follow-up questionnaire.
Supplemental Material S4. Return rate of tinnitus workshop follow-up (TWF) questionnaires, by site, for participants in progressive tinnitus management (PTM) Level 3 skills education workshops in years 2010–2014.
Supplemental Material S5. Patients’ report of number of self-management skills they are using on the tinnitus workshop follow-up (TWF) questionnaire. For four self-management skills, patients are asked whether or not they are using those skills. For each respondent, the number of "yes" responses is totaled.
Supplemental Material S6. Summary of responses regarding change in managing reactions to tinnitus since participating in progressive tinnitus management (PTM) Level 3 workshops.
Supplemental Material S7. Summary of responses regarding change in ability to cope with tinnitus since participating in progressive tinnitus management (PTM) Level 3 workshops.
Supplemental Material S8. Summary of responses regarding change in quality of life since participating in progressive tinnitus management (PTM) Level 3 workshops.
Supplemental Material S9. Summary of responses regarding change in how much bothered by tinnitus since participating in progressive tinnitus management (PTM) Level 3 workshops.
Supplemental Material S10. This table shows the number of respondents who would recommend the progressive tinnitus management (PTM) workshops to someone else with tinnitus. The first line in each section summarizes the responses of all participants. Below that, the responses are of those who were doing the same or worse on the item indicated.
Supplemental Material S11. Percentage of respondents reporting use of self-management skills on the tinnitus workshop follow-up (TWF) questionnaire. Yes = the number who reported using the skill; N = the total number who answered the question. Percentages (%) are based on the number of individuals who answered each item.
Edmonds, C. M., Ribbe, C., Thielman, E. J., & Henry, J. A. (2017). Progressive tinnitus management Level 3 skills education: A 5-year clinical retrospective. American Journal of Audiology, 26, 242–250. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJA-16-0085