The Role of Outcome Studies in Allergy and Clinical Immunology

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Outcomes research is becoming an integral part of the sweeping changes occurring in the U.S. health care system. By developing outcomes monitoring systems in allergic disorders, allergists will be able to collect information showing their commitment to excellent clinical care, which improves the patient's quality of life in a cost-effective way. Outcomes data is also important in determining the number of allergists that need to be trained, appropriate therapeutic regimens for allergic disorders, evaluating differences in practice styles of allergists throughout the country, and in revising practice parameters in allergic disorders. Through the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, a subcommittee on outcomes was formed. This subcommittee awarded a national asthma outcomes monitoring project to The Health Institute, New England Medical Center, Boston. This project, which will be in three phases, will generate information on outcomes of board-certified allergists in asthma care. Another goal of this project will be to produce standardized instruments and collection methods, which will be made available for use by all allergists to collect their own outcomes data.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2500/108854196778606455

Publication date: November 1, 1996

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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