Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2018 Apr;61(4):182-192. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2017.00696.

Development of a Korean-Type Qualitative Case History Tinnitus Questionnaire

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan, Korea. entgate@gmail.com
  • 5Department of Otolaryngology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
Qualitative and quantitative data of tinnitus are both important to obtain necessary information for assessing tinnitus evaluation. But contrary to quantitative questionnaire, qualitative data is not standardized in Korea. This study aimed to standardize the qualitative data of tinnitus by developing a Korean-type integrated qualitative tinnitus questionnaires. SUBJECTS AND METHOD: A cross-sectional survey of Korean otolaryngologists was performed. The questionnaires were administered to otologists who were registered as participants in the tinnitus study group of otology research interest group (ORIG).
RESULTS
Most of the otologists (100% of responders) have used the quantitative tinnitus questionnaire measurement (90.5%), but only 76% have used qualitative tinnitus questionnaire. From the responses of otologists who regularly use qualitative questionnaire, 25 items were adopted from the 35 item list. Questionnaire items were selected according to the frequency of listed items in the individual lists.
CONCLUSION
We made a qualitative questionnaire consisting of 25 items that were essential and widely accepted. We expect this work will integrate and standardize qualitative tinnitus questionnaires in Korea.

Keyword

Korea; Qualitative research; Questionnaire; Tinnitus
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