Journal of Allergy & Therapy

Journal of Allergy & Therapy
Open Access

ISSN: 2155-6121

Rabia Rashid

Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, UK

  • Research Article   
    The Experience of Being Tested for Allergies: The Views of Children and Their Parents
    Author(s): Helen Smith*, Clare Brown, Annalee Robertson, Laura Stuttaford, Rabia Rashid and Christina J Jones

    Background: Children with suspected allergies can be tested for IgE sensitivities with in vivo or in vitro testing, but parents’ and childrens’ experiences of these different allergy test modalities have not been studied. Objective: To investigate parents’ and childrens’ experiences and views of allergy testing (Skin Prick Testing (SPT) and allergen-specific IgE blood tests). Methods: Qualitative study of children and their parents attending a paediatric allergy clinic. Semi-structured interviews were conducted by telephone using an interview guide that explored their experience of allergy testing. Interviews were digitally recorded and transcribed verbatim. Thematic content analysis was performed. Results: 16 parents and 6 children were interviewed. The characteristics of skin prick tests .. Read More»

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