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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-40

Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness: A multispecialty survey of clinician awareness and practices in Malaysia

1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Hospital Sungai Buloh, Sungai Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia
2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Carren S Teh
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Hospital Sungai Buloh, Jalan Hospital, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/indianjotol.indianjotol_149_21

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Objectives: Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD) is a chronic functional vestibular disorder which is also the most common cause of chronic dizziness. Effective treatment is dependent on the awareness of the provider's knowledge of PPPD and correct provision of treatment. This study was aimed to assess the awareness of PPPD and practice patterns among a diverse group of providers who care for patients with chronic dizziness in the outpatient clinics. Materials and Methods: A 12-question web-based survey was distributed to a cross-sectional convenience sample of medical providers from primary care including general practitioners, otorhinolaryngology (ORL) and internal medicine all over Malaysia. We analyzed the responses using multivariate logistic regression. Results: Of the 186 included responses, only 46.7% (85 respondents) replied they have heard of PPPD and 158 (84.9%) have actually encountered patients with symptoms describing PPPD. Those in primary care had less odds of having heard of PPPD (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] 0.37 confidence interval [CI] 0.18–0.76) nor treated patients with PPPD symptoms (aOR 0.18 CI 0.07–0.49) when compared to the General Medical and ORL providers. In terms of treatment of PPPD, gender, level of training, and practice setting predicted the provision of therapy. Conclusion: PPPD awareness is still lacking among our providers and the current practices reflect that the management of chronic dizziness is focused on ruling out systemic causes. Now is the time to invest in health communication strategies to improve the awareness and knowledge of managing chronic dizziness especially PPPD.

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