Work productivity in rhinitis using cell phones: The MASK pilot study

J Bousquet, M Bewick, S Arnavielhe, E Mathieu-Dupas, R Murray, A Bedbrook, D P Caimmi, O VandenPlas, P W Hellings, C Bachert, J M Anto, K C Bergmann, C Bindslev-Jensen, S Bosnic-Anticevitch, J Bouchard, G W Canonica, N H Chavannes, A A Cruz, R Dahl, P DemolyG De Vries, P Devillier, A Fink-Wagner, W J Fokkens, J Fonseca, N Guldemond, T Haahtela, B Hellqvist-Dahl, J Just, T Keil, L Klimek, M L Kowalski, P Kuna, V Kvedariene, D Laune, D Larenas-Linnemann, J Mullol, A M Pereira, P Carreiro-Martins, E Melén, M Morais-Almeida, L Nogueira-Silva, R E O'Hehir, N G Papadopoulos, G Passalacqua, F Portejoie, D Price, Dermot Ryan, B Samolinski, A Sheikh, F E R Simons, O Spranger, A Todo Bom, P V Tomazic, M Triggiani, A Valero, E Valovirta, A Valiulis, M van Eerd, M Wickman, I Young, T Zuberbier

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Allergic rhinitis often impairs social life and performance. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to assess the impact of uncontrolled rhinitis assessed by visual analogue score VAS on work productivity using cell phone data collection. A mobile phone app Allergy Diary, Android and Apple stores collects daily visual analogue scales VAS data for overall allergic symptoms VAS-global measured, nasal VAS-nasal, ocular VAS-ocular, asthma symptoms VAS-asthma and work VAS-work. A combined nasal-ocular score is calculated. Allergy Diary is available in 20 countries. The App includes the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Allergic Specific Questionnaire WPAI:AS questionnaire in 6 EU countries. All consecutive users who filled the VAS-work from June 1 to October 31, 2016 were included in the study. A total of 1,136 users filled in 5,818 days of VAS-work. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis were controlled VAS-global<20 in approximately 60% of days. In users with uncontrolled rhinitis, approximately 90% had some work impairment and over 50% had severe work impairment VAS-work>50. There was a significant correlation between VAS-global calculated and VAS-work Rho=0.83, p<0.00001, Spearman rank test. In 144 users, there was a significant correlation between VAS-work and WPAI:AS Rho=0.53, p<0.0001. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Early online date7 Apr 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Apr 2017


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