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Children 2015, 2(3), 317-329;

Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy from Diagnosis to Management: A Very Different Journey for General Practitioners and Parents

Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, London WC1N 3JH, UK
Department of Paediatric Allergy, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH, UK
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Academic Editor: Jonathan M. Spergel
Received: 30 May 2015 / Revised: 1 July 2015 / Accepted: 13 July 2015 / Published: 21 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Pediatric Food Allergy)
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Cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) is the most common food allergy in infants and can affect a family’s quality of life. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the knowledge and experience of general practitioners (GPs) in terms of CMPA diagnosis and management and to explore the views of parents on the current diagnostic process. Two surveys were conducted in June 2014, which collected data from GPs and parents of infants diagnosed with CMPA in the United Kingdom. The questionnaires included quantitative and qualitative questions, which measured self-reported knowledge, management and perceived treatment progression, and the educational needs of GPs. We also explored parents’ experiences of local healthcare support in relation to CMPA. A total of 403 GPs and 300 parents completed the surveys. The main symptoms of CMPA and diagnosis period differed between GPs and parents. Other key points include different perceptions on symptom presentation and improvement, lack of awareness from GPs about current guidelines, and the significant burden on both families and GPs. This is the first study attempting to establish GP and parental experience in diagnosing CMPA. It is notable that the difference can be improved through training, appropriate diagnostic tools and improved communication between physicians and parents. View Full-Text
Keywords: cow’s milk protein allergy; knowledge; quality of life cow’s milk protein allergy; knowledge; quality of life

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Lozinsky, A.C.; Meyer, R.; Anagnostou, K.; Dziubak, R.; Reeve, K.; Godwin, H.; Fox, A.T.; Shah, N. Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy from Diagnosis to Management: A Very Different Journey for General Practitioners and Parents. Children 2015, 2, 317-329.

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