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Any benefit from a short course of steroids for hearing loss in 2- to 8-year-old children with otitis media with effusion is likely to be small and of questionable clinical significance.

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Nick A Francis 1,*, Cherry-Ann Waldron 2, Rebecca Cannings-John 2, Emma Thomas-Jones 2, Thomas Winfield 3, Victoria Shepherd 2, Debbie Harris 2, Kerenza Hood 2, Deborah Fitzsimmons 3, Amanda Roberts 4, Colin VE Powell 5, Micaela Gal 1, Sarah Jones 6, Christopher C Butler 1,7

1 Division of Population Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
2 Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
3 College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, Swansea, UK
4 Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, Child Health Directorate, St David’s Children Centre, Cardiff, UK
5 Department of General Paediatrics, Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff, UK
6 Involving People Network, Health and Care Research Wales, Cardiff, UK
7 Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
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