The high prevalence of allergic diseases warrants for sufcient health care provisions available to patients with allergic diseases. Allergy care should be delivered by well-trained specialists. However, the current status of allergy care is not well documented. For this reason a survey among European and a few non-European countries was launched by the National Allergy Society Committee from the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes section and board of Allergology. The survey shows that in the vast majority of countries allergy care services are available. However, a substantial heterogeneity is reported regarding recognition of the full specialty, the number of practicing specialists or subspecialists, and training aspects. Growth but also decline of specialty and subspecialties is reported. In addition, the survey gives insight in strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in this feld. It appears that the recognition of the full specialty determines strength as well as weakness. Aging of specialists combined with a decline in the number of trainees form a major threat. Opportunities are seen in creating awareness for allergy, focus on attracting young physicians. The conclusion is that harmonization of allergy services across Europe is needed. Investment in young doctors, creating new opportunities and lobbying for the full specialty is required

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Keywords Allergology, Specialty, Subspecialty, Allergy, Allergy care, Training
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.5414/alx02115, hdl.handle.net/1765/128499
Journal Allergologie
Citation
Fyhrquist, N., Werfel, T, Bilo, MB, Mulleneisen, N., & Gerth van Wijk, R. (2020). The roadmap for the Allergology specialty and allergy care in Europe and adjacent countries. An EAACI position paper. Allergologie, 43(4), 153–163. doi:10.5414/alx02115