Allergy in the Community Trial (ACT)

Completed in 2018 | Status: Inactive

Food allergies are becoming more and more common in children and babies.

Completed in 2018, this study aimed to improve the management of food allergies in babies and children was designed to see if community paediatricians (children’s doctors) can look after children with possible food allergies in a similar way to The Royal Children’s Hospital allergy specialists.

Completed in 2018, this study aimed to improve the management of food allergies in babies and children was designed to see if community paediatricians (children’s doctors) can look after children with possible food allergies in a similar way to The...

Completed in 2018, this study aimed to improve the management of food allergies in babies and children was designed to see if community paediatricians (children’s doctors) can look after children with possible food allergies in a similar way to The Royal Children’s Hospital allergy specialists.

Overview

We asked families to take part in this project if they have a child who is under 12 years old, and were on the RCH Allergy Clinic waiting list for evaluation of simple food allergy. In this study, we will compare two groups of children with possible food allergy:

Group 1 - Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Allergy Clinic Group

Families stayed on the RCH waiting list to see an allergy clinician at the RCH Allergy Clinic. 

Group 2 - Community Group

It offered included children on the RCH wait list an appointment with a community paediatrician, who was trained by RCH allergy specialists to care for children with food allergy. The community paediatrician was near the family’s home so families didn't need to travel to the RCH Allergy Clinic. 

As part of the study, each parent/guardian completed three surveys; a recruitment survey at the time they enter the study, and follow-up surveys after six and 12 months of joining the study. These surveys asked about time taken to be seen by a doctor for the child’s allergy, child wellbeing, what happened during the visit to the general paediatrician or allergy clinician (including diagnoses made), family out-of-pocket costs for care and also satisfaction with their care.

Research team

Associate Professor Harriet Hiscock
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Dr Margie Danchin
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Professor Mimi Tang
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Dr Valerie Sung
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Funding

The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation funded this research.

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