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Doctors' awareness concerning primary immunodeficiencies in Brazil. - PubMed - NCBI

Doctors' awareness concerning primary immunodeficiencies in Brazil. - PubMed - NCBI

 2015 Mar 18. pii: S0301-0546(15)00029-4. doi: 10.1016/j.aller.2014.09.002. [Epub ahead of print]

Doctors' awareness concerning primary immunodeficiencies in Brazil.



PIDs are a heterogeneous group of genetic illnesses, and delay in their diagnosis is thought to be caused by a lack of awareness among physicians concerning PIDs. The latter is what we aimed to evaluate in Brazil.


Physicians working at general hospitals all over the country were asked to complete a 14-item questionnaire. One of the questions described 25 clinical situations that could be associated with PIDs and a score was created based on percentages of appropriate answers.


A total of 4026 physicians participated in the study: 1628 paediatricians (40.4%), 1436 clinicians (35.7%), and 962 surgeons (23.9%). About 67% of the physicians had learned about PIDs in medical school or residency training, 84.6% evaluated patients who frequently took antibiotics, but only 40.3% of them participated in the immunological evaluation of these patients. Seventy-seven percent of the participating physicians were not familiar with the warning signs for PIDs. The mean score of correct answers for the 25 clinical situations was 48.08% (±16.06). Only 18.3% of the paediatricians, 7.4% of the clinicians, and 5.8% of the surgeons answered at least 2/3 of these situations appropriately.


There is a lack of medical awareness concerning PIDs, even among paediatricians, who have been targeted with PID educational programmes in recent years in Brazil. An increase in awareness with regard to these disorders within the medical community is an important step towards improving recognition and treatment of PIDs.
Copyright © 2014 SEICAP. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.


Attitudes; Health knowledge; Immunological deficiency syndromes; Physicians; Practice; Questionnaires

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