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182629 - check, Unit 547, Allergies, March 2018

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
3 hrs

This edition of check provides education for general practitioners on the management of allergies.

Relevance to General Practice

The prevalence of allergies has been increasing rapidly in recent decades and this trend is expected to continue over the next few decades. Currently, about 20% (4.1 million) of the Australian population has at least one allergic disease.1 Over the next thirty years, the number of people affected by allergies is predicted to increase to almost 8 million.1 A key concern for people with allergies the risk of anaphylaxis. Indeed, hospital admissions for anaphylaxis have increased fourfold in the past two decades.1
Allergic diseases most commonly have an onset in childhood and adolescence but can persist into adulthood.1 In Australia, about 10% of infants have a food allergy and 18% of people have allergic rhinitis.1–3 People with allergic rhinitis are at an increased risk of developing asthma. Allergic reactions to drugs are also a major health concern, particularly as there has been a substantial increase in deaths due to drug-induced anaphylaxis in Australia.4
References on file

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the approach to assessment of food-related allergy symptoms
  • Differentiate between true drug allergies and non-allergic reactions
  • Discuss the assessment and management of mouth-breathing
  • Summarise the approach to managing asthma secondary to an allergen trigger
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Complaints and concerns are managed effectively

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Children and young people health
    • Ear and nose medicine
    • Other
    182629 - check, Unit 547, Allergies, March 2018
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