BackgroundAnaphylaxis is a life-threatening emergency. If promptly administered, adrenaline is potentially life-saving. Many food-allergic-children/carers are unsure when to use their adrenaline autoinjectors, contributing to a low quality of life and worse outcomes in the setting of an acute allergic reaction.
ObjectivesThe aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of 24-hour telephone access to specialist clinical advice on disease-specific quality of life.
MethodsA pragmatic two-arm, parallel-group randomized control trial was conducted. Children/carers (
ResultsFifty two children/carers were recruited. FAQL scores remained static in the control group across the three time points. Scores gradually improved in the intervention group, with a significant difference seen at 6months (T1-T3 Mean difference=-1.5, (CI 0.87-2.25) P
ConclusionThe 24-hour helpline improved food-allergy-specific quality of life in children. Six-month intervention support resulted in sustained benefits for at least a further 6months.
- food allergy
- quality of life