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Title: Allergy education and training for physicians
Authors: Barker, Sally
Daniels, Lydia
Chang, Yoon-Seok
Chikovani, Tinatin
DunnGalvin, Audrey
Gerdts, Jennifer D
Wijk, Roy Gerth Van
Gibbs, Trevor
Gonzalez, Rosalaura V Villarreal
Guzman-Avilan, Rosa I
Hanna, Heather
Hossny, Elham
Kolotilina, Anastasia
Martell, Jose Antonio Ortega
Pacharn, Punchama
Quezada, Cindy E de Lira
Sibanda, Elopy
Stukus, David
Tham, Elizabeth Huiwen 
Venter, Carina
Gonzalez-Diaz, Sandra N
Levin, Michael E
Martin, Bryan
Warner, John O
Munblit, Daniel
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Allergy education
Allergy training
Multidisciplinary team
Issue Date: 10-Nov-2021
Publisher: ELSEVIER
Citation: Barker, Sally, Daniels, Lydia, Chang, Yoon-Seok, Chikovani, Tinatin, DunnGalvin, Audrey, Gerdts, Jennifer D, Wijk, Roy Gerth Van, Gibbs, Trevor, Gonzalez, Rosalaura V Villarreal, Guzman-Avilan, Rosa I, Hanna, Heather, Hossny, Elham, Kolotilina, Anastasia, Martell, Jose Antonio Ortega, Pacharn, Punchama, Quezada, Cindy E de Lira, Sibanda, Elopy, Stukus, David, Tham, Elizabeth Huiwen, Venter, Carina, Gonzalez-Diaz, Sandra N, Levin, Michael E, Martin, Bryan, Warner, John O, Munblit, Daniel (2021-11-10). Allergy education and training for physicians. WORLD ALLERGY ORGANIZATION JOURNAL 14 (10). ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The increasing prevalence of allergic diseases has placed a significant burden on global healthcare and society as whole. This has necessitated a rapid development of “allergy” as a specialist area. However, as allergy is so common and, for most, relatively easy to diagnose and control, all clinicians need to have basic knowledge and competence to manage mild disease and recognize when referral is required. The allergology specialty has not yet been recognized in many countries and even where allergy is fully recognized as a specialty, the approach to training in allergy differs significantly. In the light of recent developments in allergy diagnosis and management, there is an urgent need to harmonize core competences for physicians, as well as the standardization of core principles for medical education and post-graduate training in allergy. All physicians and allied health professionals must appreciate the multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach to allergy, which is key to achieving the highest standards in holistic care. Due to worldwide variation in resources and personnel, some MDT roles will need to be absorbed by the treating physician or other healthcare professionals. We draw particular attention to the role of psychological input for all allergy patients, dietetic input in the case of food allergy and patient education to support all patients in the supported self-management of their condition on a daily basis. A strong appreciation of these multidisciplinary aspects will help physicians provide quality patient-centered care. We consider that harmonization of allergy components within undergraduate curricula is crucial to ensure all physicians develop the appropriate allergy-related knowledge and skills, particularly in light of inconsistencies seen in the primary care management of allergy. This review from the World Allergy Organization (WAO) Education and Training Committee also outlines allergy-related competences required of physicians working with allergic patients and provides recommendations to promote harmonization of allergy training and practice worldwide.
ISSN: 19394551
DOI: 10.1016/j.waojou.2021.100589
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