Otitis media with effusion (OME, 'glue ear')

Otitis media with effusion: a project to prioritise Cochrane systematic reviews

Summary

Otitis media with effusion (OME, or ‘glue ear’) is a common condition in early childhood. It typically causes hearing loss in one or both ears, which can impact on speech and language development.

In 2020, Cochrane formally scoped and prioritised this topic area. 

The overall aims of the project were to:

  • identify current interventions for OME;
  • identify randomised controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews and guidelines relating to these interventions for OME;
  • work with stakeholders to agree the priorities for new or updated Cochrane reviews in this area.

The final report of the project can be downloaded here.