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Diseases 2015, 3(2), 102-110; doi:10.3390/diseases3020102

The Perceived Social Burden in Celiac Disease

Celiac Center, AOU San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi D'Aragona, University of Salerno, Salerno 84081, Italy
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Received: 28 April 2015 / Revised: 3 June 2015 / Accepted: 12 June 2015 / Published: 19 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Celiac Disease)
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Abstract

In the present paper, we discuss the change in celiac disease (CD) awareness and perception through patients’ concerns and the most recent literature. Nowadays CD has moved in the public awareness (both doctors and population) from a rare disease to a common one and the gluten free diet (GFD) is no longer the exclusive therapy for CD patients but is becoming a popular health choice for everybody. Gluten-free food, once hard to find and requiring home preparation, is now available at restaurants and grocery stores. However, the quality of life of those affected by CD seems to be still compromised and this is particularly true for those who find it difficult to adhere to a GFD and those who were asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis. Intervention at diagnosis and follow-up to improve the patients’ adaptation to the condition and its limitations should be implemented. View Full-Text
Keywords: gluten free diet; symptoms; social; burden; psychological; adherence gluten free diet; symptoms; social; burden; psychological; adherence
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Ciacci, C.; Zingone, F. The Perceived Social Burden in Celiac Disease. Diseases 2015, 3, 102-110.

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