Topic Suggestion Description
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Date submitted: April 19, 2010
- Briefly describe a specific question, or set of related questions, about a health care test or treatment that this program should consider.
- For people with seasonal allergies, what are the best treatment options? Please consider effectiveness, ease of use, side effects, cost & effects on pregnancy
- Does your question include a comparison of different health care approaches? (If no, your topic will still be considered.)
- If yes, explain the specific technologies, devices, drugs, or interventions you would like to see compared:
- What patients or group(s) of patients does your question apply to? (Please include specific details such as age range, gender, coexisting diagnoses, and indications for therapy.)
- adult employees, often of reproductive age & possibly with asthma, HTN as co-diagnoses
- Are there subgroups of patients that your question might apply to? (For example, an ethnic group, stage or severity of a disease.)
- Describe the health-related benefits you are interested in. (For example, improvements in patient symptoms or problems from treatment or diagnosis.)
- Relief from nasal congestion, itchy eyes/ears, sore throat, fatigue
- Describe any health-related risks, side effects, or harms that you are concerned about.
- impacts on pregnancy, hypertension, asthma
Appropriateness for EHC Program
- Does your question include a health care drug, intervention, device, or technology available (or likely to be available) in the U.S.?
- Which priority area(s) and population(s) does this topic apply to? (check all that apply)
- EHC Priority Conditions (updated in 2008)
- Cardiovascular disease, including stroke and hypertension
- AHRQ Priority Populations
- Low income groups
- Minority groups
- Federal Health Care Program
- Describe why this topic is important.
- I'm looking for a "handout" to give to adult employees seeking OTC treatment for allergy symptoms. With Zyrtec & Claritin now being OTC, there are more options for self medicating, along with the standby's of sedating anti-histamines & pseudoephedrine. How do the OTC's compare to prescription meds for symptom relief of seasonal allergy?
- What specifically motivated you to ask this question? (For example, you are developing a clinical guideline, working with a policy with large uncertainty about the appropriate approach, costly intervention, new research you have read, items in the media you may have seen, a clinical practice dilemma you know of, etc.)
- Does your question represent uncertainty for clinicians and/or policy-makers? (For example, variations in clinical care, controversy in what constitutes appropriate clinical care, or a policy decision.)
- If yes, please explain:
- How will an answer to your research question be used or help inform decisions for you or your group?
- We are starting seasonal allergy time in Utah. It will continue until October/November. I'll have need for this info for months to come & annually thereafter.
- Describe the timeframe in which an answer to your question is needed.
- Describe any health disparities, inequities, or impact on vulnerable populations your question applies to.
- Other Information About You: (optional)
- Please choose a description that best describes your role or perspective: (you may select more than one category if appropriate)
- Nurse/Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant
- Are you making a suggestion as an individual or on behalf of an organization?
- Please tell us how you heard about the Effective Health Care Program
- searching for health promotion literature at ahrq.gov