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Primary care doctors' attitude towards drug allergy in Portugal. A questionnaire


B. Kong Cardoso barbarakc@gmail.com1, L. Silva2, A. M. Magalhães3, S. M. Farinha1, T. Antunes3,C. Mourato2, E. Tomaz1, F. Inácio1

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Doi
10.23822/EurAnnACI.1764-1489.216

Summary
A questionnaire was addressed to general practitioners (GP) from continental Portugal aiming to learn about their perception of drug allergy and identify their difficulties and educational needs for its management and 372 answers were obtained.
As main culprit drugs antibiotics were identified by 65.3% and skin is the most involved organ for 65.8% of GP. Drug allergy was considered as very important in clinical practice by 73.7%, but difficulties in recognizing it were stated by 70.2%. Further education in this field would be welcome by 97.8% of the doctors. The collaboration of Immunoallergology centers was considered non satisfactory by 39.8% of GP and 45.7% of them state that two-thirds of the suspected reactions were not investigated.Those points deserve consideration in future health educational and organizational strategies.

Key words
Drug hypersensitivity; primary health care; medical education; questionnaires. 

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