Psychosocial and productivity impact of caring for a child with peanut allergy

Sarah Acaster, Katy Gallop, Jane de Vries, Anne Marciniak, Robert Ryan, Andrea Vereda, Rebecca Knibb*

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Abstract

Background
Limited previous research has assessed the psychosocial burden and productivity impact of caring for a child with peanut allergy and factors associated with burden. The objective of this research was to explore caregiver burden in terms of psychosocial and productivity impact of caring for a child with peanut allergy, the influence of caregiver and child gender on caregiver burden, and factors predicting caregiver burden in peanut allergy.

Methods
A cross-sectional survey of caregivers of children with peanut allergy was conducted in the United Kingdom, and included sociodemographic and clinical questions, EQ-5D, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Food Allergy Quality of Life-Parental Burden, Food Allergy Independent Measure, and productivity questions.

Results
One hundred caregivers (55% female) of children with peanut allergy (aged 4–15 years) completed the survey. Male and female caregivers reported mean levels of anxiety significantly higher than United Kingdom population norms. Caregivers of children with severe peanut allergy reported significant impacts on their careers and health-related quality of life. Neither caregiver nor child gender impacted burden, indicating that male and female caregivers are equally anxious and suffer the same level of negative career, productivity, and health-related quality-of-life impact due to their child’s peanut allergy. Caregivers’ perceived risk of outcomes related to their child’s peanut allergy (e.g., death or severe reaction) as measured by the Food Allergy Independent Measure independently predicted burden.

Conclusions
Caregivers of children with peanut allergy in the United Kingdom experience health-related quality-of-life, psychosocial, and productivity burden; this study demonstrates the high levels of anxiety reported by both male and female caregivers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number83
JournalAllergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2020

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Keywords

  • Caregiver
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Parental burden
  • Peanut allergy
  • Productivity
  • Psychosocial burden

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