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NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme (HTA): Microsuction compared with irrigation to remove earwax

  Wednesday, 01 Dec 2021 | Funding Deadline

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost-effectiveness, and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests, for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS, and social care services.

The HTA Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic:
• 21/552 Microsuction compared with irrigation to remove earwax

A build-up of earwax in the ear canal can cause hearing loss and discomfort and may contribute to infections. Moreover, wax in the ear canal may prevent adequate clinical examination of the ear, thereby delaying assessment and management of ear or hearing problems. The NICE guideline committee thought it important that research is undertaken to investigate whether patients with earwax should be treated using irrigation or microsuction. The research could inform future clinical guidance and aid decision-making for patients, clinicians, and commissioners.


Deadline for proposals: 01 December 2021

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