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Children 2015, 2(2), 228-243; doi:10.3390/children2020228

The Relationship Between the Status of Unnecessary Accommodations Being Made to Unconfirmed Food Allergy Students and the Presence or Absence of a Doctor’s Diagnosis

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Faculty of Education, University of the Ryukyus, 1 Senbaru, Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0213, Japan
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Center for Educational Career Enhancement, Kyoto University of Education, 1 Fukakusa-Fujinomori-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8522, Japan
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Faculty of Life Sciences, Swiss German University, Edu Town BSD City, Kav. II.1, Tangerang 15339, Indonesia
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Miyakojima Municipal Minami Elementary School, 1068 Shimozato, Hirara, Miyakojima, Okinawa 906-0013, Japan
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Okinawa Dietetic Association, 2-23-1 Takushi, Urasoe, Okinawa 901-2112, Japan
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Academic Editor: Jonathan Spergel
Received: 24 February 2015 / Revised: 8 May 2015 / Accepted: 18 May 2015 / Published: 1 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Pediatric Food Allergy)
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Abstract

The present study investigated the current state of unnecessary children food allergy accommodation and the medical efforts to confirm the existence of food allergies in school lunch service kitchens in Okinawa, Japan, including kitchens accommodating food allergy students by requiring medical documentation at the start and during provisions being made (Double Diagnosis), requiring medical documentation at the start only (Single Diagnosis), and with no medical documentation (Non-Diagnosis). Unnecessary accommodations are being made to unconfirmed food allergy students, wherein the more medical consultation was required, the lower the food allergy incident rate was and the more food allergens were diagnosed (Non-Diagnosis > Single Diagnosis > Double Diagnosis). This study suggests the possibility that unconfirmed food allergy students may be receiving unnecessary food allergy accommodations per school lunches, and the number of unnecessary food allergy provisions being made could be reduced by requiring medical documentation at the start and during these provisions. View Full-Text
Keywords: children food allergies; school lunch; doctor’s diagnosis; unnecessary accommodations; school food services; nutrition and diet children food allergies; school lunch; doctor’s diagnosis; unnecessary accommodations; school food services; nutrition and diet
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Ganaha, Y.; Kobayashi, M.; Asikin, Y.; Gushiken, T.; Shinjo, S. The Relationship Between the Status of Unnecessary Accommodations Being Made to Unconfirmed Food Allergy Students and the Presence or Absence of a Doctor’s Diagnosis. Children 2015, 2, 228-243.

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