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Food Allergy Support and Education (FASE): A Comprehensive Approach to Improving Parental Understanding of Food Allergy
Sunday, March 5, 2017: 2:30 PM
Room B407 (Georgia World Congress Center, Building B)
Sarah M. Boudreau-Romano, MD,
Rationale: Food Allergy Support and Education (FASE) is a novel, physician-led program developed to increase parental understanding of food allergy. It was hypothesized that parents would benefit from additional support and would be better prepared to respond to food allergy emergencies.

Methods: FASE utilizes parent workshops to promote greater understanding of food allergy. Analysis of surveys from attendees demonstrated that they had a better understanding of the following areas: science of an allergic reaction; emergency action plan (EAP); allergen avoidance; social/emotional implications of food allergy; and when/how to use injectable epinephrine.

Results: 36 parents attended 8 workshops between February and August 2016. Of the 15 individuals who completed surveys, 93.3% strongly agreed they had a better understanding of the science of an allergic reaction; 93.3% strongly agreed/agreed they had a better understanding of the EAP; 86.3% strongly agreed/agreed they had a more complete understanding of allergen avoidance; and 80% strongly agreed/agreed they had a better understanding of the social/emotional implications of food allergy. Finally, 100% of attendees had a better understanding of when/how to use injectable epinephrine.

Conclusions: These results demonstrate that FASE is an essential part of a multidisciplinary approach to food allergy management.  When parents have an improved understanding of food allergy, they are better able to avoid the allergen(s), to recognize an allergic reaction and to administer proper treatment.  In the long term, the support and education provided by FASE may result in less morbidity and mortality among food allergic children.