Influence of education on primary care physicians' knowledge on childhood allergy as a systemic disease and the atopic march


Yilmaz O., Reisli I., TAHAN F., ORHAN F. , BOZ A., Yuksel H.

ALLERGOLOGIA ET IMMUNOPATHOLOGIA, vol.39, no.2, pp.73-78, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.aller.2010.03.012
  • Title of Journal : ALLERGOLOGIA ET IMMUNOPATHOLOGIA
  • Page Numbers: pp.73-78

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There are many educational events for physicians in different countries covering one or some of the allergic diseases. Most of these educational events have been reported to improve care by the physicians. The aim of this study was to determine the baseline knowledge of general practitioners (GP) regarding the systemic nature of childhood allergy and atopic march, and to assess the influence of an educational event on this baseline knowledge.

METHODS: Two hundred and two GPs from five different cities in Turkey who attended education seminars were enrolled. All GPs were received the questionnaire both before and after the seminar. The questionnaire had statements about the systemic nature of childhood allergies and the atopic march, and GPs were asked to mark their degree of agreement as (completely true, partially true, wrong).

RESULTS: Mean age of GPs was 38.6±6.0 years. Mean duration after graduation from medical faculty was 13.9±6.5 years. There was significant improvement in answers after education. The statement "Frequency of allergic rhinitis and asthma is not as high as expected in children with atopic dermatitis" was regarded "wrong" by 60.9% but increased to 94.3% after the education (p<0.001). Systemic nature of allergy was approved by 72.8%, which increased to 99% after the education (p<0.001). Adrenalin as first line treatment in anaphylaxis treatment was appreciated by a higher number of GPs with the education (p<0.001).

CONCLUSION: Many GPs lack updated information about the systemic nature of paediatric allergic diseases and a single educational event may improve their knowledge significantly.

Background: There are many educational events for physicians in different countries covering one or some of the allergic diseases. Most of these educational events have been reported to improve care by the physicians. The aim of this study was to determine the baseline knowledge of general practitioners (GP) regarding the systemic nature of childhood allergy and atopic march, and to assess the influence of an educational event on this baseline knowledge.