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Participant's Experience with Food Allergy Clinical Trials
Sunday, March 6, 2016: 4:45 PM
Concourse Foyer (Convention Center)
Jennifer Fishman, RN, BSN, Jaime Ross, RN, MSN, Sally A. Noone, RN MSN, Beth D. Strong, RN CCRC, Zara Atal, Carly Ehritz, RN, MSN, Jessica Gau, NP CRC, Julie Wang, MD FAAAAI
Rationale:  Currently there are no treatments or cures for food allergies. Several treatment options are under investigation. This survey was done to examine why people with food allergies choose to participate in research clinical trials, to inquire where they learned about the trial, and to gain feedback from participants regarding their experiences in clinical trials.

Methods: An anonymous online Qualtrics survey was emailed to our Food Allergy Institute email list.

Results: There were 81 respondents, of which 90% have participated in a clinical trial at Mount Sinai. 30% have a child who is currently participating in a trial. The main motivations of responders to participate in a study are the hope of a cure for themselves and/ or their child (74%), and to help find a cure for others (60%). Participants learned of the study by physician referral (56%) and Mount Sinai newsletter or website (37%). From participating in clinical trials approximately half have made changes in the way they manage their food allergies. They feel less limited in social activities, have expanded their child’s diet, and more frequently eat in restaurants. 90% would recommend participation in a clinical trial to others.

Conclusions: The majority of respondents participate in clinical research trials because they are hopeful for a cure for themselves and /or others with food allergy. They have had a positive experience and would recommend that others consider participating in a food allergy clinical trial.