159219 - How to Treat Live - Disorders of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat 2019
An update on the disorders of the eye, ear, nose and throat. Focus areas: red flags and preventative approaches for hearing and vision loss, chronic ear disease management and evidence-based approaches to optimise treatment in the general practice setting, including allergic rhinitis and optimising patient quality of life.
Relevance to General Practice
According to BEACH 2015-2016, in the area of ear, nose and throat conditions, the two problems accounting for the most referrals were tonsillitis (7.5% of referrals to an ENT specialist) and acute/chronic sinusitis (6.4%).1 Of the five problems most frequently referred to an ENT specialist, those most likely to be referred were hearing complaint (referred at 20.5% of GP contacts) and throat symptom/complaint (12.2%).
This program will engage you in lively case study discussions about disorders of the eye, ear and nose, updating you on the differential diagnosis of allergic rhinitis and treatment options to improve patient quality of life. You will identify red flags and preventative approaches for hearing and vision loss, chronic ear disease management and evidence-based approaches to optimise treatment in the general practice setting.
- Discuss the common causes of neck lumps in adults and explain the role of the GP in the examination and management of a patient presenting with a neck lump.
- Describe the differential diagnosis of allergic rhinitis (AR) and current and emerging therapies available to manage AR, infective sinusitis and allergic asthma
- List the common conditions affecting the ear and identify red flags that require urgent management or referral to a specialist to ensure patient safety.
- Outline strategies to manage eye conditions commonly encountered in general practice such as red eye, corneal conditions, trauma and when to refer.
- Recall the common causes of visual degeneration and describe the presenting features of age-related eye conditions.