Food Allergy-related Quality of Life and Knowledge

Variations in Quality of Life among Caregivers of Food-Allergic Children

To deepen our understanding of the burden that childhood food allergy places on parents and caregivers, we surveyed 1,126 US parents.  We found the effect of food allergy on parents’ lives vary widely with one exception: most parents were troubled by social limitations because of their child's food allergy. CLICK TO READ MORE.  

Food Allergy-related Empowerment and Quality of Life in Parents of Kids with Food Allergy

This study aimed to determine: 1) If mothers and fathers differ in how empowered they feel they are to manage their child's food allergy? and 2) Whether parents who report greater empowerment also report greater quality of life? This study found that although mothers reported significantly greater empowerment than fathers to manage their child's allergy, they suffered significantly reduced quality of life.  We found no association at all between empowerment and quality of life.  CLICK TO READ MORE.  

Development of the Chicago Food Allergy Research Surveys: assessing knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of parents, physicians and the public

This paper describes the development of a survey to assess food allergy knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs for parents, doctors, and the general public. Among other steps, our team consulted an expert panel, held focus groups and cognitive interviews, developed and validated the survey in the 3 target groups.  CLICK TO READ MORE.  

Food Allergy Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs in the United States

After surveyed 2,945 US parents of children with food allergy we found that parents answered 75% of the knowledge-based questions correctly. Most parents knew the signs/symptoms of an allergy reaction. However, fewer knew that adolescents are at a higher risk for deadly anaphylaxis than young children. CLICK TO READ MORE.   

Food Allergy Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs of Parents with Food-Allergic Children in the United States

We surveyed 2,148 US adults to assess food allergy knowledge and attitudes among the general public. Overall, the general public answered 65% of the knowledge-based questions correctly. They knew the most in areas related to symptoms/severity and triggers/environmental risks of food allergy, CLICK TO READ MORE.  

Food Allergy Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs of Primary Care Physicians

We surveyed 407 US pediatricians and family doctors who care for children with food allergy.  Overall, doctors answered 61% of the knowledge-based questions correctly. Most doctors knew that the flu vaccine is unsafe for egg-allergic children doctors held numerous misconceptions about childhood food allergy. CLICK TO READ MORE. 

A Brief Intervention to Improve Food Allergy Knowledge among Pediatricians

Based on findings from our food allergy knowledge survey, we developed a brief educational tool for primary care doctors, specifically targeting known misconceptions in food allergy. This tool is a rapid way to address known knowledge gaps among doctors and identify areas in need of further intervention. CLICK TO READ MORE.  

Food Allergy Policy Advocacy and Evaluation

Emergency Epinephrine Use for Food Allergy Reactions in Chicago Public Schools

The Chicago Public Schools recently became the first large, urban school district in the nation to supply all public and charter schools in Chicago with epinephrine auto-injectors.  This paper reports findings from the first year of this landmark project. CLICK TO READ MORE. 

Asthma and Food Allergy Management in Chicago Public Schools

Establishing an emergency action plan is an important component of managing both food allergy and asthma. This study looked at the way that asthma and food allergy action plans are used within the Chicago Public School system.  CLICK TO READ MORE.  

Identifying Barriers to Chronic Disease Reporting in Chicago Public Schools: a mixed methods approach

Rates of asthma and food allergy among students in the Chicago Public Schools have been under-reported. The aim of this study was to determine the barriers to chronic disease reporting as experienced by CPS parents and school nurses.  CLICK TO READ MORE. 

The Development and Implementation of the Chicago Public Schools' Emergency EpiPen Policy

Chicago Public Schools' implementation of a comprehensive emergency EpiPen policy in 2012 sparked a national conversation about the merits of providing undesignated epinephrine in the school environment. This study analyzes the policy and discusses some of the issues that have arisen over the past two years.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.