[Primary care physicians' knowledge about allergic rhinitis and its impact on asthma (ARIA guidelines): a comparative Brazilian/Paraguayan/Uruguayan pilot study]

Rev Alerg Mex. 2018 Oct-Dec;65(4):321-330. doi: 10.29262/ram.v65i4.525.
[Article in Spanish]


Background: Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) establishes guidelines for the treatment of allergic rhinitis (AR) and its comorbidities.

Objective: To assess and compare the level of knowledge about AR and ARIA guidelines among primary care physicians (PCP) of Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Methods: 336 PCPs (Brazil 109, Paraguay 127, Uruguay 100) answered a questionnaire about personal and professional data and knowledge on RA and the ARIA guidelines; the Google Forms tool was used.

Results: There was a predominance of females (73, 50.4 and 70 % in Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, respectively); 124 worked in the community and 75 in emergency departments. Brazil and Uruguay PCPs recognized AR symptoms; 67 % of those from Uruguay did not ask about a history of AR diagnosis, 93 % about an asthma diagnosis and 90 % about rhinitis interference with daily activities. Intranasal corticosteroids use: 78, 92 and 54 % of Brazilian, Paraguayan and Uruguayan doctors; 100, 73.4 and 78 % of Paraguayan, Brazilian and Uruguayan PCPs, respectively, did not refer the patient to a specialist; 26.6, 62 and 6 % of PCPs in Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, respectively, knew the ARIA guidelines.

Conclusions: AR is commonly looked after by PCPs, but the recognition of symptoms and knowledge about ARIA guidelines are low and treatment is not always optimal.

Antecedentes: En ARIA se establecen directrices para el tratamiento de la rinitis alérgica y sus comorbilidades. Objetivo: Evaluar y comparar el nivel de conocimiento sobre rinitis alérgica y la guía ARIA en médicos de atención primaria (MAP) de Brasil, Paraguay y Uruguay. Métodos: 336 MAP (Brasil 109, Paraguay 127, Uruguay 100) respondieron un cuestionario sobre datos personales, profesionales y conocimiento en rinitis alérgica y ARIA; se utilizó Google Forms. Resultados: Predominaron las mujeres (73, 50.4 y 70 % en Brasil Paraguay Uruguay); 124 trabajaban en la comunidad y 75 en servicios de urgencias. Los MAP de Brasil y Uruguay reconocieron los síntomas de rinitis alérgica; 67 % de Uruguay no preguntaba sobre antecedentes de diagnóstico de rinitis alérgica, 93 % sobre diagnóstico de asma y 90 % sobre la interferencia de la rinitis con las actividades diarias. Uso de corticosteroides intranasales: 78, 92 y 54 % de los médicos de Brasil Paraguay y Uruguay; 100, 73.4 y 78 % de Paraguay, Brasil y Uruguay no derivaban el paciente al especialista; 26.6, 62 y 6 % de Brasil, Paraguay y Uruguay conocían ARIA. Conclusiones: La rinitis alérgica frecuentemente es atendida por el MAP, pero el reconocimiento de los síntomas y el conocimiento sobre ARIA son reducidos y el tratamiento no siempre es óptimo.

Keywords: ARIA; Allergic rhinitis; Primary care physician.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Asthma / complications
  • Brazil
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Paraguay
  • Physicians, Primary Care*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Rhinitis, Allergic / complications
  • Rhinitis, Allergic / diagnosis*
  • Rhinitis, Allergic / therapy*
  • Self Report
  • Uruguay