Need for improved allergy test access

Half of GPs believe the key to improving allergy services is to increase access to testing facilities in primary care, a survey has found.

Of the 204 GPs questioned as part of the research, 47 per cent believed that increased availability of allergy testing would reduce the need to refer patients to specialists. In addition, 64 per cent believed it would lead to more accurate diagnoses.

The survey also showed that 80 per cent of GPs believe diagnosis and treatment of allergies should be done in primary care.

The research was conducted by Phadia, a company that develops allergy testing equipment. A spokesman for the company said better testing in primary care would help patients manage their own condition, possibly by avoiding particular allergens, rather than taking medicine.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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