Food allergy care in general practice

GPs will likely do more allergy workups in future as specialists move to ease the burden on tertiary clinics.

Associate Professor Katie Allen, a paediatric allergist at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, said Australia had one of the highest rates of food allergy in the world and needed to change the model of care.

“There is work afoot to try and understand whether we can decentralise care to GPs and general paediatricians in the future,” she said.

“We are doing research to provide alternative forms of testing to allow GP and general paediatricians to care for children at the diagnostic level.”

Professor Allen’s comments follow the release in the UK of a new evidence-based guideline for allergy care in general practice.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guideline recommends that GPs with appropriate competencies should undertake a skin prick test and