The Development of Age-Based Food Allergy Educational Handouts for Caregivers and Patients: A Work Group Report of the AAAAI Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee

Jennifer S. LeBovidge, Linda J. Herbert, Ashley Ramos, Nancy Rotter, Scott H. Sicherer, Michael C. Young, Michael Pistiner, Wanda Phipatanakul, Lisa M. Bartnikas, Theresa A. Bingemann

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Abstract

Background: Food allergy education is an ongoing process that must address unique safety concerns and psychosocial challenges at each developmental stage. Families require reliable information that is targeted to specific developmental stages to support the integration of food allergy management into daily life. Objective: The purpose of this project was to develop age-specific, evidence-based patient education handouts with practical recommendations for managing and coping with food allergies at different developmental stages. Methods: Handout content was based on: (1) practice guidelines for food allergy management; (2) literature addressing psychosocial and educational needs of patients with food allergy and their caregivers; and (3) clinical experience of the project team. Fifty-seven caregivers of patients (aged 0-21 years) with food allergy and 2 young adults with food allergy reviewed a draft of the handouts and completed an online survey to assess handout acceptability and usability and identify areas for improvement. Handouts were revised based on participant feedback. Results: The majority of participants (79%) rated the amount of information in the age-specific handouts as “just right,” versus “not enough” (9%) or “too much” information (12%). Sixty-three percent reported that they would be “very likely” to use the handouts as a resource and 35% “somewhat likely.” Almost all participants (88%-100% by item) agreed that the handouts used elements of plain language writing and clear communication. Conclusion: Caregivers rated the age-based food allergy education handouts as understandable and useful. We anticipate that these handouts could be used during health care visits and directly accessed online by families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2552-2558
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Volume10
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Caregivers
  • Child
  • Child development
  • Education
  • Food allergy
  • Infant
  • Parents
  • Patient
  • Quality of life

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