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Vol. 45. Issue 2.
Pages 193-197 (March - April 2017)
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Vol. 45. Issue 2.
Pages 193-197 (March - April 2017)
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DOI: 10.1016/j.aller.2016.07.004
Knowledge, perspectives and attitudes about allergen-specific immunotherapy for respiratory allergic disease among paediatricians in Turkey
S. Işıka,
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, A. Çağlarb, B. Eroğlu-Filibelib, Ş. Çağlayan-Sözmena, Z. Arıkan-Ayyıldıza, S. Asilsoya, N. Uzunera
a Dokuz Eylul University, Department of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
b Dokuz Eylul University, Department of Pediatrics
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Table 1. Demographic characteristics of the paediatricians who responded to the questionnaire (n=180).
Table 2. Number and percentages of the responses to the items asked for paediatrician's knowledge and perception about ASI in İzmir.
Table 3. Number and percentages of responses to the items for attitudes of paediatricians in İzmir about ASI.
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Allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASI) is the only effective treatment for allergic respiratory diseases which has the potential to change the natural course of the disease. In this present study we aimed to evaluate the paediatricians’ knowledge, perspectives and attitudes about ASI for allergic respiratory diseases.

Materials and methods

The study was conducted between September 2014 – January 2015. A survey of 25 questions assessing paediatricians’ knowledge, perceptions and attitudes about ASI was developed by an expert panel and applied by physicians in hospitals in Izmir, Turkey, where the paediatricians work. Data were recorded in SPSS for Windows v.16. Descriptive statistics, chi square analysis was used. P<0.05 was considered as significant.


Fully completed surveys from 180 paediatricians were analysed. The respondent paediatricians had an age of 37±8.2 years, and 56 of them were male. The majority of the respondents (n: 146) were working fewer than five years as a paediatric specialist. 93.9% of the paediatricians believed that ASI was effective for the treatment of allergic respiratory diseases. There was satisfactory knowledge of the characteristics, aims, effects and limits of ASI.


ASI is generally well-known and accepted among paediatricians. A better synergy between paediatricians and paediatric allergy specialists can provide more use of this treatment method for allergic respiratory diseases in childhood.

Allergen specific immunotherapy
Allergic rhinitis


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