Using parental perceptions of childhood allergic rhinitis to inform primary care management

Jane M. Garbutt, Randall Sterkel, Kathy B. Mullen, Bridget Conlon, Erin Leege, Gordon Bloomberg, Robert C. Strunk

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Objective. To describe parents' experience with their child's allergic rhinitis (AR) to inform management by the primary care provider (PCP). Study Design. Two hundred parents with a child 7 to 15 years old with AR symptoms within the past 12 months completed a paper survey. Results. The child's AR was identified as a significant problem in spring (89.3%), fall (63.4%), summer (50.3%), and winter (21.4%); 51.3% had persistent disease. AR symptoms most commonly interfered with the child's outdoor activities and sleeping, and frequently bothered the parent and other family members. Most parents (88.3%) wanted to know what their child was allergic to and had many concerns about treatment options. A total of 62.9% had sought AR care from the PCP in the past 12 months. Conclusions. Many families experience significant morbidity from their child's AR and turn to their PCP for help. We identified opportunities for the PCP to reduce AR morbidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)758-763
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • allergic rhinitis
  • practice-based research network

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