PRAGMA, Programme de Recherches Appliquées à la Gestion des Maladies Allergiques: J. Dakhil, V. Liabeuf, P. Mathelier-Fusade, F. Payot, J. L. Vacher, P. Villanueva.
Validation of the classification of ARIA (allergic rhinitis and its impact on asthma)
Article first published online: 24 JUN 2003
Volume 58, Issue 7, pages 672–675, July 2003
How to Cite
Demoly, P., Allaert, F.-A., Lecasble, M., Bousquet, J. and PRAGMA (2003), Validation of the classification of ARIA (allergic rhinitis and its impact on asthma). Allergy, 58: 672–675. doi: 10.1034/j.1398-9995.2003.t01-1-00202.x
- Issue published online: 24 JUN 2003
- Article first published online: 24 JUN 2003
- Accepted for publication 27 February 2002
- allergic rhinitis;
- epidemiological survey;
- general practice;
Background: Allergic rhinitis is commonly divided into seasonal and perennial rhinitis. The recent Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) workshop proposes to replace these terms by intermittent vs persistent rhinitis.
Methods: In order to test the new ARIA classification against the classical one used in medical practice in France, we designed two cross-sectional surveys: (i) a spring survey, where 1321 general practitioners enrolled 3026 patients consulting for seasonal allergic rhinitis and (ii) an autumn–winter survey, where 1346 doctors enrolled 3507 patients for perennial allergic rhinitis. Both doctors and patients filled out a specific questionnaire on allergic rhinitis.
Results: Focusing on the number of days per week and consecutive weeks per year, the patients described the duration of their symptoms (based on an auto-questionnaire). About 43.7% of the patients, classified by their doctor as seasonal, did in fact have persistent rhinitis, whereas 44.6% classified as perennial had intermittent rhinitis.
Conclusions: The proposal of the ARIA expert panel defining the chronology of allergic rhinitis as number of days per week and consecutive weeks per year is likely to change daily physician practice.