[Clinical practise guideline of the special interest group in allergy of the ÖGDV - Drug provocation testing in the diagnosis of cutaneous drug reactions]

Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2011 Oct;123(19-20):585-91. doi: 10.1007/s00508-011-0037-5. Epub 2011 Sep 2.
[Article in German]


Nowadays, clinical and evidence based guidelines are considered one of the major efforts to improve patient care in medical practices as well as hospital settings. In the literature, clinical guidelines have been defined as "systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate healthcare for specific clinical circumstances", which promote both clinically effective standards and cost-effective care. Despite controversial discussion about the clinical impact of guidelines, they may provide workable recommendations that may thus be important for improving the individual patient's care. Adverse drug reactions (drug allergies, drug hypersensitivities) often represent a major hazard for the affected patient, and a definite diagnosis is important for further drug therapies in most cases. In this context, any diagnostic procedure must be preceded by an individual risk-benefit assessment. Drug provocation testing is regarded as the gold standard, but this kind of testing should be performed in accordance with established criteria and, in the vast majority of cases, in a hospital setting. In this paper we present a clinical guideline for drug provocation testing in Austria.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Allergy and Immunology / standards*
  • Austria
  • Dermatology / standards*
  • Drug Eruptions / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Skin Tests / standards*