Background: This study was designed to assess if illness perception, mood state and coping strategies differ according to allergic rhinitis (AR) persistence and severity. Methods: Illness perception, mood profiles, coping behaviors and rhinitis symptoms were assessed by means of validated tools in patients classified according to the Allergic Rhinitis and Its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) guidelines. Results: Two hundred and thirty-one patients underwent data analysis. No difference in age, sex, socio-economic status, smoking habits was detected comparing patients according to AR severity, duration or 4 ARIA classes. Patients with intermittent AR reported higher scores than those with persistent AR in confusion bewilderment of Profile of Mood States (POMS); patients with moderate/severe rhinitis had significantly higher scores than those with mild rhinitis in T5SS, Identity and Consequences. No differences were detected in all assessed outcomes in the 4 ARIA classes. Conclusions: The patient's perspective about AR is independent of persistence and severity of symptoms. This may explain why AR remains under-diagnosed and under-treated, even in its most severe forms. Self-management plans should consider the patient's perspective.
|Numero di pagine||6|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2014|