- Meeting abstract
- Open Access
Development of a food anaphylaxis education program to help parents live well with food allergies
© Ross et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011
- Published: 14 November 2011
- Food Allergy
- Video Clip
- Pilot Program
- Interactive Program
- Feedback Post
Risk for food induced anaphylaxis appears to be increasing with significant impact on children, parents and family life. Families need to understand how to avoid the allergen and recognize and respond to reactions. Safety measures and risk must be balanced to ensure the child and family live well with the allergy. We developed and piloted an education program for parents of children <6 years old recently diagnosed with a severe food allergy.
Creation of program objectives and outline
Consultation with health care experts, parent representatives of food allergy organizations and an education specialist
Development of program content and process
Feedback from reviewers
Piloted Program: participant pre-assessment, small group sessions, participant feedback post program
We developed a small group, 2 session, interactive program using SMARTBoard™ technology, iclickers®, discussion, video clips, skill training and problem-solving
43 families registered
29 (67%) families completed ( 27 mothers, 16 fathers, 1 grandmother)
Parental burden & self-efficacy pre-assessment indicated concerns about activities, communication and allergic reactions
Auto-injector pre-assessment – 48 demonstrations observed; 73% did not complete all steps correctly
32 (73%) people completing the program believed 2 sessions were sufficient
Our pilot suggests this interactive, small group program is a useful resource for families learning how to live with a serious food allergy. We identified activities and topics requiring adjustment and obtained feedback to help improve future sessions. Follow up with families will be important for further evaluation.
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