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Acute otitis externa: clinical review

Acute otitis externa: clinical review


Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1.5 hours


January 8, 2014


November 30, 2016

Programme Description

This article by Ms Jessica Bewick and colleagues covers the diagnosis and management of acute otitis externa and proposes a grading system to determine severity. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include predisposing factors for otitis externa, managing the condition and understanding which patients require follow up

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Specify the differential diagnosis of conditions that include otitis externa
  • Take a history that includes predisposing factors
  • Undertake active clinical management – advise self care, investigate and/or treat
  • Recognise those patients who should be referred to secondary care

  • Faculty

    Activity author
    Ms Jessica Bewick
    ENT SpR

    Mr Edward Lindisfarne
    Surgical trainee

    Mr Prodip Das
    ENT consultant
    Royal Sussex County Hospital


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs. This activity is offered at no cost.


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