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Factors Contributing to Adherence to Dietary Treatment of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases

Henry, Michelle L.*; Atkins, Dan; Fleischer, David; Pan, Zhaoxing; Ruybal, Joseph*; Furuta, Glenn T.*

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition: March 2012 - Volume 54 - Issue 3 - p 430–432
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e3182407aee
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of the present study was to identify barriers to dietary adherence found in the treatment of children with eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases (EGIDs) and food allergy. A prospective study using a self-administered survey to parents of children with EGIDs at a national advocacy meeting was completed. Responses from 45 participants describing children ages 1 to 18 years (69% boys) identified that 63% were adherent to food restrictions. Physicians provided dietary instructions more often than dietitians. Nonadherence was associated with lack of school support (P < 0.027). Access to a dietitian may improve the care of children with EGIDs.

*Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Diseases Program, Digestive Health Institute, Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora

National Jewish Health, Denver

Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Aurora, CO.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Michelle L. Henry, MPH, RD, 13123 East 16th Ave, B270, Aurora, CO 80045 (e-mail:

Received 1 September, 2011

Accepted 4 November, 2011

The present study was supported by NIH/NCRR Colorado CTSI grant no. UL1 RR025780.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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