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A multi-disciplinary approach to the diagnosis and management of allergic diseases: An EAACI Task Force
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  • Emilia Vassilopoulou,
  • Isabel Skypala,
  • Radoslaw Gawlik,
  • Audrey DunnGalvin,
  • Rosan Meyer,
  • Constantinos Pitsios,
  • Raluca Maria Pop,
  • D Ryan,
  • Maria Said,
  • Sophie Schier,
  • Berber Vlieg-Boerstra,
  • Inger Kull
Emilia Vassilopoulou
International Hellenic University

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Isabel Skypala
Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
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Iuliu Hagieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Faculty of Medicine
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Radoslaw Gawlik
Silesian University of Information Technology and Medicine
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Audrey DunnGalvin
University College Cork
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Rosan Meyer
Imperial College London
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Constantinos Pitsios
University of Cyprus
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Raluca Maria Pop
Iuliu Hagieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Faculty of Medicine
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D Ryan
The University of Edinburgh Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics
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Maria Said
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia
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Sophie Schier
Ghent University
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Berber Vlieg-Boerstra
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Inger Kull
Karolinska Institutet
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Background: Guidelines for management of patients with allergic conditions are available, but the added value of nurses, allied health care professionals (AHPs) and general practitioners (GPs), in the management of allergic disease has not been fully clarified. The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) appointed a task force to explore this issue. Aim: To investigate the added value of nurses, AHPs and GPs in management of allergic diseases, in an integrated model of care. Methods: A search was made of peer-reviewed literature published between 2010 and December 2020 (Cochrane Library, PubMed, and CINAHL) on the involvement of the various specific health care providers (HCPs) in the management of allergic diseases. Results: Facilitative models of care for patients with allergies can be achieved if HCP collaborate in the diagnosis and management. Working in multidisciplinary teams (MDT) can increase patients’ understanding of the disease, adherence to treatment, self-care capabilities, and ultimately improve quality of life. The MDT competencies and procedures can be improved and enhanced in a climate of mutual respect and shared values, and with inclusion of patients in the planning of care. Patient-centered communication among HCPs and emphasis on the added value of each profession can create an effective integrated model of care for patients with allergic diseases. Conclusion: Nurses, AHPs, and GPs, both individually and in collaboration, can contribute to the improvement of the management of patients with allergic disease. The interaction between the HCPs and the patients themselves can ensure maximum support for people with allergies.
14 Oct 2021Submitted to Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
15 Oct 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
19 Oct 2021Editorial Decision: Accept
Jan 2022Published in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology volume 33 issue 1. 10.1111/pai.13692