Asian Children With Food Allergies More Likely to Experience Quality of Life Challenges

Post Date: November 13, 2020

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From left: Christine Rubeiz, MD, and Amal Assa’ad, MD

Findings from experts at Cincinnati Children’s–presented at this year’s virtual American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting–reveal the impact on food allergy quality of life (FAQOL) for Asian patients and their parents is significantly higher than for other races.

“Based on our questionnaire, Asian parents of children with food allergy living in the U.S. had a mean score of 50.5, indicating a ‘fairly’ negative impact on quality of life, which was significantly higher than white and Black parents,” says Christine Rubeiz, MD, lead author of the study. “White and Black parents had mean scores of 40.4 and 40.9 respectively, corresponding closer to the food allergy having ‘a little bit’ of a negative impact on quality of life.”

Check the conference schedule to find more details about Rubeiz’s presentation, scheduled for 1:18 pm, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020: Race/Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status Effect on Food Allergy-Related Quality of Life in Children and Caregivers.

“This highlights the need for further studies on the impact of food allergy on Asian families, who may be an underrecognized population,” says allergist Amal Assa’ad, MD, senior author of the study.

The ACAAI Virtual Annual Meeting is Nov. 13-15. For more news and research from the ACAAI Scientific Meeting, go to their newsroom. Viewers also can follow the conversation on Twitter  #ACAAI20.