Document Type

Article

Department

Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Abstract

Background:Rhinitis can cause a heavy toll on Patients because of its bothersome effects on productivity. This retrospective study was conducted to explore the clinical profile, outcomes and improvement in the symptoms and productivity resulting from treatment of allergic rhinitis in Pakistan.

Methods:

We carried out a retrospective file review of all allergic rhinitis Patients who presented to the Ear, Nose, Throat Consulting Clinic from January, 2006 to June, 2008 using a structured proforma especially designed for this Purpose. Data was entered and analyzed using SPSS v. 16.0.

Results:

The charts of 169 Patients were reviewed. The mean age of the Patients was 35.2 +/- 9.1 years. Sixty percent Patients were male. Ninety eight Patients (58%) reported allergy symptoms to be present at both home and work. One hundred and two Patients (60.4%) had symptoms severe enough to cause absence from work or academic activities. Up to seventy one percent Patients were spending between 1000 - 3000 Pakistani Rupees (1 US$= 83.3 Pakistani rupees) on the treatment of allergic rhinitis per year. One hundred and fifty one Patients (89.3%) reported an improvement in rhinitic symptoms and productivity while 18 Patients (10.7%) didn't. This improvement was significantly associated with satisfaction with treatment (p < 0.001).

Conclusions:

Allergic rhinitis, a ubiquitous disease, was seen to cause a strain on Patients in the form of recurrent treatment-related expenses as well as absenteeism from work or other daily activities. Symptoms and productivity improved significantly after treatment.

Publication

BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

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