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Food Allergy Case Study for Pediatricians – Introduction

Here’s a quick educational tool to assess and address gaps in food allergy knowledge for primary health providers created by Springston et. al. This quiz consists of 9 multiple choice questions. Explanations to questions and references are for each question. You can see how others have answered each question.

We thank Ruchi Gupta and her colleagues for allowing us to reproduce this tool online. Here is the abstract of the original article where this was first published. To begin the quiz, please read the disclaimer and click on the button below.

A brief intervention to improve food allergy knowledge among US pediatricians: lessons learned.
Springston EE, Lau CH, Patel P, Warrier MR, Sohn MW, Pongracic J, Gupta RS.
The Institute for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA.

OBJECTIVE:
To evaluate a brief educational tool for pediatricians developed to address known gaps in food allergy knowledge.
STUDY DESIGN:
Pre- and post-assessments were administered to a convenience sample of 61 US pediatricians completing the Food Allergy Comprehension Tool between February and March of 2010. McNemar’s and Wilcoxon signed rank tests were used to determine whether clinical knowledge of food allergy and level of comfort in caring for food-allergic children increased significantly after reviewing the tool. Logistic regression models were used to measure the association of participant characteristics with increased knowledge and comfort.
RESULTS:
Sixty-one percent of surveyed physicians answered more knowledge questions correctly after reviewing the tool. Significantly more participants correctly indicated that anaphylaxis poses the greatest threat to teenagers rather than young children, and correctly rejected chronic nasal problems as a symptom of food allergy (p < 0.05). Comfort in caring for food-allergic children increased significantly on all items post-intervention (p < 0.05). Odds of increased knowledge and comfort were significantly higher among pediatricians without previous training in food allergy.
CONCLUSION:
The Food Allergy Comprehension Tool is a rapid way to address known knowledge gaps among pediatricians and to identify areas in need of further intervention. We recommend integration of the tool with current food allergy guidelines.
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All information contained on the AllergyHome.org website is intended for informational and educational purposes. The information provided on this website is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical advice. Any information that you have received from AllergyHome.org should be verified with your licensed health care provider. Furthermore, decisions regarding medical care should not be based solely upon the content of this website but made after discussions with your health care provider. Consumers should never disregard or delay seeking medical advice due to the content of this site.
Your use of this site does not create a patient-physician relationship between you and AllergyHome.org.
Medical information changes constantly. Therefore the information on this site or on the linked websites should not be considered current, complete or exhaustive, nor should you rely on such information to recommend a course of treatment for you or any other individual. Reliance on any information provided on this site or any linked websites is solely at your own risk.

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