Guidelines for the diagnosis of cow’s milk allergy
What is the purpose of this study?
The aim of this study is to get an uniform guideline for the determination of cow’s milk allergy in children in The Netherlands, for both the pediatric primary health care centers and hospitals.
The design of this study
The guideline has been developed by a task force including health care professionals from the pediatric primary health care centers and hospitals. The recommendations are based on scientific research. All health care professionals and relevant patient groups have been able to contribute their expertise to the process.
The results of this study
The double-blind placebo-controlled food challenge test with cow’s milk is the best test there is (golden standard). This test is recommended for both pediatric primary health care centers as well as hospitals. At this moment, the Dutch healthcare authority (NZa) is looking at whether this test is going to be reimbursed within the pediatric primary health care centers. This test will actually be used in the pediatric primary health care centers when reimbursement is granted. In some pediatric primary health care centers this situation is already applicable as it is in all hospitals.
This study is a completed study. The guidelines can be found on the website of the Dutch Association for Pediatricians via www.nvk.nl