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Structured Education Program Beneficial For Anaphylaxis, Study Finds

Update Date: Nov 23, 2014 10:26 PM EST
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A well structured education intervention improves knowledge and emergency management for patients at risk for anaphylaxis and their caregivers, a new study has found. 

Researchers conducted a multi-center randomized trial involving 95 caregivers of affected children and 98 patients with previous episodes of anaphylaxis. Participants were randomized to an intervention group, which received two three-hour schooling modules of group education, and a control group that received standard autoinjector training only. The main outcome measures were knowledge of anaphylaxis and emergency management competence in a validated training anaphylaxis situation, the press release added.

The researchers observed a significant improvement of knowledge from baseline to three months with the intervention versus control. There was also an increase in the emergency management competence after intervention. 

Researchers observed no remarkable changes in the depression scores.

"Structured patient education programs may be beneficial in the management of anaphylaxis by increasing patients' empowerment to prevent and treat the disease," the authors write.

The study was published in the journal Allergy

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