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Quality of life in food allergy

Lieberman, Jay A; Sicherer, Scott H

Current Opinion in Allergy & Clinical Immunology: June 2011 - Volume 11 - Issue 3 - p 236–242
doi: 10.1097/ACI.0b013e3283464cf0
Food allergy: Edited by Alessandro Fiocchi and Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn

Purpose of review: The purpose of this review is to provide a review of studies examining health-related quality of life (HRQL) in food-allergic individuals, with an emphasis on publications since 2007.

Recent findings: Over the past few years, an increasing number of studies have addressed the impact that food allergy has on HRQL. Many studies have used generic quality-of-life instruments to compare HRQL between food-allergic patients and healthy controls or between food-allergic patients and persons with other disease states. A significant achievement for this area of investigation is the existence of validated, disease-specific quality-of-life instruments for all age groups. These have been validated in multiple countries and translated into multiple languages.

Summary: Food allergy clearly affects a patient's HRQL. With validated, disease-specific instruments to measure HRQL, researchers will be able to use HRQL as an end-point in therapeutic clinical trials, and clinicians will have a further aid in caring for patients suffering from food allergies.

Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA

Correspondence to Scott Sicherer, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1198, ANBG 17-80, New York, NY 10029, USA Tel: +1 212 241 5548; fax: +1 212 426 1902; e-mail: Scott.Sicherer@mssm.edu

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