National prevalence of respiratory allergic disorders

R Dahl*, PS Andersen, T Chivato, E Valovirta, J De Monchy

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Abstract

Background: Many epidemiological studies have assessed the prevalence of respiratory allergic disorders in confined geographical locations. However, no study has yet established nationally prevalence data in a uniform manner representing whole countries and, thus, enabling cross-national comparisons.

Methods: In 10 European countries, screening of random, representative samples of telephone numbers identified the target population aged 16-60. The inclusion criteria were a positive reporting of respiratory allergy to named allergens and, concomitantly, an unassisted description of appropriate symptoms. To obtain a truly representative, national prevalence of each country, the data were weighted against the actual sex and age composition.

Results: 31,065 screening interviews were performed. The nationally balanced prevalence varied significantly among the 10 countries (P

Conclusions: Respiratory allergic disorders constitute a huge health problem in Europe, and the impact may be increasing as the prevalence is highest among young people. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-403
Number of pages6
JournalRespiratory Medicine
Volume98
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May-2004

Keywords

  • prevalence
  • allergy
  • allergic rhinitis
  • asthma
  • adults
  • epidemiology
  • INCREASING PREVALENCE
  • HEALTH SURVEY
  • HAY-FEVER
  • ASTHMA
  • SYMPTOMS
  • SCHOOLCHILDREN
  • APART
  • ISAAC
  • IGE

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