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Evid Based Nurs 7:43 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.2.43
  • Treatment

Ear drops containing steroids were better than acetic acid for otitis externa

Steroids plus acetic acid (S+AA) or steroids plus antibiotics (S+AB) v acetic acid (AA) for acute otitis externa*

Outcomes Comparisons Event rates RBI (95% CI) NNT (CI)
*Abbreviations defined in glossary; RBI, RRR, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article using odds ratios adjusted for differences at baseline.
†Based on 172 patients who were symptom free at day 21.
Cure rate at 14 days S+AA v AA 75% v 57% 33% (4 to 54) 6 (4 to 44)
S+AB v AA 82% v 57% 44% (19 to 60) 4 (3 to 10)
Cure rate at 21 days S+AA v AA 89% v 62% 45% (23 to 54) 4 (3 to 7)
S+AB v AA 86% v 62% 39% (19 to 51) 5 (4 to 9)
RRR (CI) NNT (CI)
Recurrence at 21–42 days† S+AA v AA 26% v 45% 56% (19 to 83) 4 (3 to 12)
S+AB v AA 21% v 45% 45% (0 to 69) Not significant

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