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Allergol Immunopathol (Madr) 2016;44:113-9 - DOI: 10.1016/j.aller.2015.09.008
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Evaluation of an educational programme with workshops for families of children with food allergies
J. Contreras-Portaa,, , , A. Ruiz-Baquésb, E. Gabarron Hortalc, F. Capel Torresd, M.N. Ariño Plae, A. Zorrozua Santistebanf, E. Sáinz de la Mazab
a Servicio de Alergia del Hospital Universitario La Paz, Spain
b Eschoolapio, Spain
c Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care, Telemedicine, Norway
d AEPNAA, Spain
e Immunitas Vera, Spain
f Elikalte, Spain
Received 31 December 2014, Accepted 30 September 2015

When a child is diagnosed with a food allergy, prevention and patient education are the key interventions for maintaining the child's health and quality of life and that of his or her whole family. However, health education activities for the families of children with food allergies are very limited, and most of these activities have not been evaluated. Therefore, the objectives of the present study were to develop an educational programme, to empower its participants through workshops, and to evaluate its results.


Several types of educational materials were created specifically for the programme, called “Proyecto CESA” (“STOP-FAR Project: Stop Food-Induced Allergic Reactions”). The programme was carried out in seven Spanish cities and was attended by parents and caregivers. The workshops were led by physicians specialising in allergies and by expert patients. Afterwards, participant learning and satisfaction were evaluated based on questionnaires that were completed both before and after the workshops.


A significant improvement was observed in 29 items out of 40 (McNemar's test). Participant satisfaction with the programme was also very high: 90% rated the course between 8 and 10 points out of a possible 10 (41% rated it as a 10).


The face-to-face workshops, which included utilisation of educational materials, had positive results in terms of learning as well as in levels of satisfaction in participating families.

Patient education, Food allergy, Anaphylaxis, Patient engagement, Quality of life, Patient empowerment, Health education
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