Quality of life in food allergy

Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Jun;11(3):236-42. doi: 10.1097/ACI.0b013e3283464cf0.

Abstract

Purpose of review: The purpose of this review is to provide a review of studies examining health-related quality of life (HRQL) in food-allergic individuals, with an emphasis on publications since 2007.

Recent findings: Over the past few years, an increasing number of studies have addressed the impact that food allergy has on HRQL. Many studies have used generic quality-of-life instruments to compare HRQL between food-allergic patients and healthy controls or between food-allergic patients and persons with other disease states. A significant achievement for this area of investigation is the existence of validated, disease-specific quality-of-life instruments for all age groups. These have been validated in multiple countries and translated into multiple languages.

Summary: Food allergy clearly affects a patient's HRQL. With validated, disease-specific instruments to measure HRQL, researchers will be able to use HRQL as an end-point in therapeutic clinical trials, and clinicians will have a further aid in caring for patients suffering from food allergies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Food / adverse effects
  • Food Hypersensitivity / epidemiology*
  • Food Hypersensitivity / physiopathology
  • Food Hypersensitivity / psychology
  • Humans
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires