Quality of life in food allergy: valid scales for children and adults

Bertine M. J. Flokstra-de Blok*, Anthony E. J. Dubois

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose of review

The purpose of this review is to give an overview of how health-related quality of life (HRQL) can be measured in food allergy and to explore recent findings on how food allergy might impact HRQL.

Recent findings

In addition to the more familiar burdens of having a food allergy, the psychosocial impact of food allergy and information gaps concerning food allergy have received much attention in the recent literature. Recently, reliable and valid disease-specific HRQL questionnaires have become available to measure the impact of food allergy on HRQL in food allergic patients of all ages.

Summary

Assessment of HRQL could be used by clinicians to get insight into the specific problems patients have to face. In addition, HRQL measurements may be used to measure the effects of an intervention on the patient's quality of life. Finally, HRQL is the only available measure reflecting the ongoing severity of food allergy, as no objective disease parameters are available.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-221
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2009

Keywords

  • food allergy
  • health-related quality of life
  • instruments
  • questionnaires
  • scales
  • HEALTH SURVEY SF-36
  • SHORT-FORM
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL BURDEN
  • PEANUT ALLERGY
  • FAMILY SCALE
  • TREE NUTS
  • IMPACT
  • PARENTS
  • QUESTIONNAIRE
  • HYPERSENSITIVITY

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