EFFECTIVENESS OF INITIAL SOLUTIONS INCORPORATED INTO EARLY INTERVENTION DELIVERY SYSTEMS FOR CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS: EVIDENCE FROM HAI PHONG, VIETNAM

  • XUONG TUYET NGUYEN Department of Ear-Nose-Throat, Vietnam National Hospital of Paediatrics, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam.
  • HA NGOC NGUYEN Department of Ear-Nose-Throat, Viet Tiep Friendship Hospital, Hai Phong 180000, Vietnam.
  • TRAM VAN TA Department of Paediatric,Tien Giang General Hospital, Tien Giang Province 860000, Vietnam.
  • VU KIEN TRAN Department of Surgery, Tra Vinh General Hospital, Tien Giang Province 860000, Vietnam.
  • HIEN THE PHAM Department of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tra Vinh University, Tra Vinh Province 940000, Vietnam.

Abstract

Objective: Hearing loss is a serious disease that needs attention from society because of its considerable effects on the normal development of children. This study incorporated systematic solutions into early intervention delivery systems for children with hearing loss in Hai Phong, Vietnam, and evaluated the effectiveness of the strategies.


Methods: This community intervention study, which was carried out from 2013 to 2014, involved a comparison of the early intervention delivery systems before and after the implementation of the proposed solutions.


Results: Two years after the solutions were applied, the following results were derived: The availability of resources and the quality of service provision improved and access to and the use of services by families whose children suffer from hearing loss increased. The solutions also facilitated the creation of an early communal intervention program and significantly enhanced the situations of children with hearing loss as regards the average ages at which disease onset was suspected, the disease was definitively identified, hearing aid fitting was initiated, and language intervention was implemented (15.5, 21, 23.7, and 26.5 months, respectively). Finally, the solutions enabled detection, diagnosis, and early intervention at <12 and 24 months of age (p<0.001).


Conclusion: The strategy of reinforcing intervention programs with general and comprehensive solutions can be expanded to other Vietnamese provinces grappling with similar problems.

Keywords: Deaf children, Early intervention, Hearing loss, Intervention delivery service, Vietnam

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XUONG TUYET NGUYEN, HA NGOC NGUYEN, TRAM VAN TA, VU KIEN TRAN, and HIEN THE PHAM. “EFFECTIVENESS OF INITIAL SOLUTIONS INCORPORATED INTO EARLY INTERVENTION DELIVERY SYSTEMS FOR CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS: EVIDENCE FROM HAI PHONG, VIETNAM”. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, Vol. 12, no. 10, Sept. 2019, pp. 268-71, https://innovareacademics.in/journals/index.php/ajpcr/article/view/35482.
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