Summary of clinical effectiveness The systematic search produced 1581 abstracts/titles, from which 1436 items were excluded. The evaluation of the 145 papers retrieved left 33 papers in the clinical effectiveness review. These studies, only two of which were RCTs, used 62 different outcome measures.
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Division of Primary Care, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Centre for Public Health Excellence, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), London Centre for Public Health Excellence, NICE, Manchester Institute for Employment Studies, Brighton Department of Geography, deputy director,Wolfson Research Institute, University of Durham, Stockton-on-Tees General Practice Faculty of Health
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether it is clinically effective and cost-effective to provide (i) a unilateral cochlear implant for severely to profoundly deaf people (using or not using hearing aids), and (ii) a bilateral cochlear implant for severely to profoundly deaf people with a single cochlear implant (unilateral or unilateral plus hearing aid).