Group or individual tinnitus therapy: what matters to participants?

Patricia Thompson, Helen Pryce*, El Refaie

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objective: To explore the 'active ingredient' of tinnitus therapy groups. Study design: The design was an inductive qualitative study informed by grounded theory. Eight participants, four from a tinnitus group and four from individual therapy with similar content, were invited to discuss their experiences of tinnitus therapy. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using a constant comparative approach. Results: The findings revealed that group experiences facilitate information exchange and social comparison, which facilitates coping. Conclusions: The human dynamics of groups may have an additional therapeutic benefit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-116
Number of pages7
JournalAudiological Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011


  • coping
  • social comparison
  • tinnitus


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