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Clinical and Translational Allergy

, 5:36

First Online: 27 October 2015Received: 31 July 2015Accepted: 23 September 2015


BackgroundThe concept of control is gaining importance in the field of allergic rhinitis AR, with a visual analogue scale VAS score being a validated, easy and attractive tool to evaluate AR symptom control. The doctors’ perception of a VAS score as a good tool for evaluating AR symptom control is unknown, as is the level of AR control perceived by physicians who treat patients.

Methods307 voluntarily selected physicians attending the annual 2013 European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology EAACI meeting completed a digital survey. Delegates were asked to 1 estimate how many AR patients-week they saw during the season, 2 estimate the proportion of patients they considered to have well-, partly- and un-controlled AR, 3 communicate how they gauged this control and 4 assess how useful they would find a VAS as a method of gauging control. 257 questionnaires were filled out completely and analysed.

ResultsEAACI delegates reported seeing 46.8 standard deviation SD 68.5 AR patients-week during the season. They estimated that 38.7 % SD 24.0, 34.2 % SD 20.2 and 20.0 % SD 16.34 of their AR patients had well-controlled no AR symptoms, partly-controlled some AR symptoms, or un-controlled-moderate-severe AR symptoms disease despite taking medication remainder unknown 7.1 %. However, AR control was assessed in many ways, including symptom severity 74 %, frequency of day- and night-time symptoms 67 %, activity impairment 57 %, respiratory function monitoring nasal and-or lung function; 40 % and incidence of AR exacerbations 50 %. 91 % of delegates felt a simple VAS would be a useful tool to gauge AR symptom control.

ConclusionsA substantial portion of patients with AR are perceived as having uncontrolled or partly controlled disease even when treated. A simple VAS score is considered a useful tool to monitor AR control.

KeywordsAllergic rhinitis Control Digital Survey Visual analogue scale VAS AbbreviationsARallergic rhinitis

ARIAallergic rhinitis and its impact on asthma

EAACIEuropean Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

ENTear nose and throat

GPgeneral practitioner

MACVIAContre les MAladie Chronique pour un VIeillissement Actif

QoLquality of life

rTNSSreflective total nasal symptom score

SDstandard deviation

VASvisual analogue scale

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s13601-015-0080-9 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Peter W. Hellings - Antonella Muraro - Wytske Fokkens - Joaquim Mullol - Claus Bachert - G. Walter Canonica - David Price

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