Improving Food Allergy Management through an Electronic Physician Support Tool
About this Project
The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of an electronic clinical decision support tool to improve the diagnosis and management of food allergy in the primary care setting.
To do this, we will:
1) Develop a Food Allergy Support Tool (FAST), based on the most recent NIAID guidelines, to improve the diagnosis and management of food allergy in the primary care setting. The FAST will include prompts for symptom recognition, testing, medications, education/counseling, and allergist referral. It will also facilitate patient education by making available allergen-specific materials, in both video and print formats;
2) Test the feasibility of use of the FAST in three pediatric primary care clinics by using rapid cycle process improvement to integrate the FAST into the systems and processes of primary care, and assessing clinicians’ satisfaction and ease of use; and
3) Determine the efficacy of the FAST by evaluating medical record documentation for clinical history of reactions, diagnostic testing and interpretation, medication prescription and instruction in use, counseling and education for patients/caregivers, and referral to an allergist.