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Consensus of the TRI Workshop at the 1st Meeting of TRI in Regensburg (2006)

At the first Tinnitus Research Initiative meeting in Regensburg in July 2006 we attempted to gain a consensus both for patient assessments and for outcome measurements. By achieving greater compa- rability between studies we hope that this will contribute towards more effective cooperation between research centres in seeking and evaluating treatments for tinnitus.

The consensus identified minimum requirements. Items were prioritized in order to facilitate implementa- tion. Items assessed as level A were considered essential, items assessed as level B highly recommen- ded and items assessed as level C desirable in some contexts.

The consensus document consists of three components:

  • 1.

    The main component is the “Consensus for Patient Assessment and Treatment Outcome Measurement”

  • 2.

    The second component (“Items list” for tinnitus case history questionnaire) lists 35 items which are most frequently assessed as part of the case history in other questionnaires.

  • 3.

    The “Tinnitus Sample Case History Questionnaire (TSCHQ)” is attached as a sample of how the 35 items might be asked.

Translations into German and Flemish have already been performed and are available upon request. A French translation is underway. We encourage translation into further languages.

Berthold Langguth

Ron Goodey

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