Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Elias Michaelides, MD


Dizziness and vertigo presentations comprise 2.5 percent of all emergency department visits, with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo being the most common type of vertigo in adults over the age of fifty. The Dix-Hallpike test and Canalith Repositioning Procedure are simple bedside maneuvers to effectively diagnose and treat this type of vertigo; however, many providers are uncomfortable or lack experience performing these maneuvers. We aim to compare the effectiveness of two different teaching strategies to improve the clinical skills of emergency department providers on these maneuvers. We will randomly assign 100 emergency medicine providers to either didactic or a combination of didactic and hands-on teaching on how to properly execute these maneuvers. Our study will inform health care personnel about the best method to train emergency medical providers to correctly perform the Dix-Hallpike test and Canalith Repositioning Procedure to diagnose and treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

Open Access

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