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Vol. 158, No. 3, 2012
Issue release date: June 2012
Section title: Original Paper
Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2012;158:307–312
(DOI:10.1159/000332147)

Drug Allergy in Hospitalized Patients: The Contribution of Allergy Consultation and a Structured Questionnaire

Confino-Cohen R.a, d · Leader A.b · Klein N.b · Pereg D.b, d · Khoury S.c · Perl L.c · Goldberg A.a, d
aAllergy and Clinical Immunology Unit, and Departments of bInternal Medicine A, and cInternal Medicine B, Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, and dSackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

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Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 4/4/2011 12:53:21 PM
Accepted: 8/24/2011
Published online: 3/6/2012
Issue release date: June 2012

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 1018-2438 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0097 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/IAA

Abstract

Background: Hospitalized patients with an alleged history of drug allergy pose medical and economic concerns when selecting medications for treatment, possibly leading to deviations from standards of care and the use of expensive agents. Accurate history taking and clear documentation of drug allergy are essential for preventing subsequent administration of the offending drug and overdiagnosis of drug allergy. We aimed to evaluate drug allergy-related history taking by internists compared to allergists and to prospectively assess the effect of a simple, structured questionnaire on the accuracy of drug allergy diagnosis. Methods: Consenting patients with an alleged drug allergy who were able to give a coherent history were recruited from two internal medicine wards. In both wards, the internists’ drug allergy diagnosis was initially compared to that of the allergists. In the second part, in the intervention ward, after the same procedure, the internists completed the structured questionnaire. Their diagnostic conclusions with and without the questionnaire were compared. Results: 202 patients labeled with a medication allergy were enrolled. In the control and intervention wards, 54 and 58% of the patients, respectively, labeled by the internists as allergic, were found not to be allergic by the allergist. In the intervention ward, after using the questionnaire, the percentage of patients tagged by the internists as allergic dropped initially by 31% and finally by 59%. Conclusions: Discrepancies between drug allergy diagnosis of internists and allergists are common. Allergist consultation or use of a simple structured questionnaire may be beneficial for accurate diagnosis of drug allergies.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 4/4/2011 12:53:21 PM
Accepted: 8/24/2011
Published online: 3/6/2012
Issue release date: June 2012

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 1018-2438 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0097 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/IAA


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