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Scoring systems for allergies and asthma in clinical research and practice

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Background:

Scoring systems are increasingly being developed for various diseases, including asthma and allergic disorders, with the objective of improving the classification of disease severity and the assessment of efficacy of therapeutic modalities.

Objective:

This review provided concise summaries of published scoring systems used for allergic rhinitis, asthma, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis, eosinophilic esophagitis, and systemic allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).

Methods:

We searched the medical literature between 1985 and 2018 for published scoring systems that have been developed and used in clinical trials or in practice for assessment of asthma and a variety of allergic disorders.

Results:

The scoring systems for each of these diseases were briefly presented in the text in chronological order of publication, and selected information was presented in the tables for easy comparisons. For more details, the reader should refer to the original relevant publications.

Conclusion:

Such assessment methods are useful for sound designing of clinical trials, fair comparisons of findings of studies, and objective measurements of patients' progress in clinical practice. The choice of using one scoring system over another would depend on its proven degree of validity, the purpose, and applicability.
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Keywords: Scoring systems; Stevens-Johnson syndrome; allergic rhinitis; anaphylaxis; asthma; atopic dermatitis; eosinophilic esophagitis; toxic epidermal necrolysis; urticaria

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2019

This article was made available online on December 18, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Scoring systems for allergies and asthma in clinical research and practice".

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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.

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    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.

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