Earlier this year Anaphylaxis Ireland organised some focus groups for people with severe food allergies and for parents of severely allergic children, as the first stage in the AlleRiC (Allergic Reactions in the Community) project. AlleRiC is part of the 4 year European research programme, iFAAM (Integrated approaches to Food Allergy & Allergy Risk Management).
The main aim of these focus groups was to get information about allergic reactions direct from people (or from parents of children) who had experienced them. These discussions have now enabled the researchers at Cork and Manchester Universities, who are leading on this part of the research, to create an on-line questionnaire to record reactions.
The AlleRiC team are now looking for help from food allergic adults to ratify the on-line questionnaire (testing each question for sense and readability, for instance).
To help with this important 2nd stage – please click on the newsletter below for information on how to participate via the email link to email@example.com
The 3rd and final stage of this project is to recruit 50 – 100 volunteers (adults with severe food allergies) whose reactions can then be tracked, using this questionnaire, over a period of time. This information will be really important in helping the overall iFAAM programme make progress towards identifying the levels of sensitivity to food allergens in the population. So in order to give the University research teams the best information possible, we need to make sure that the on-line questionnaire for recording incidences of allergic reactions is as good as it can be.