Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A little research...

In the name of research I'd like to pass on this letter and request that any of you who are parents of children with food allergies go ahead and fill out the survey.


To whom it may concern,
I am a graduate student at UMBC conducting a research study on food allergy knowledge in collaboration with a pediatric allergist, Dr. Mary Beth Bollinger, and a UMBC clinical psychologist, Dr. Lynnda Dahlquist.  The purpose of this study is to develop a measure of illness knowledge for parents of children with food allergy. Although health care providers routinely educate parents about the best ways to manage food allergy, they do not currently have a good way to measure how well parents understand the information that they provide.  Given the potentially severe consequences of mismanaging a food allergy, it is crucial to identify any gaps in parents’ knowledge or areas of possible confusion or misinformation.  
The measure we are developing will be among the first of its kind.  The results of this study will help pediatricians and allergists determine how best to supplement the information that parents are typically given when receiving a food allergy diagnosis. The development of this food allergy knowledge test will also allow parents to examine their own knowledge and determine whether they would like additional information regarding diagnosis, treatment, responses to allergen exposure, or other aspects of managing their child’s food allergies.
Mothers of children (up to 18 years old) with food allergies are invited to participate in this study. Participants will complete a food allergy test and answer questions about their child’s food allergy diagnosis and medical history. These questionnaires will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete and are available at If you prefer to take a paper version of the test, please contact me at or 410-455-3113. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift card to one of the following stores: Target, Wal-Mart, or Whole Foods.  
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Amy Hahn
Pediatric Psychology Lab
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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