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Using Patient Profiles To Guide The Choice Of Antihistamines In The Primary Care Setting In Malaysia: Expert Consensus And Recommendations

Authors Baharudin A, Abdul Latiff AH, Woo K, Yap FBB, Tang IP, Leong KF, Chin WS, Wang DY

Received 5 July 2019

Accepted for publication 14 September 2019

Published 31 October 2019 Volume 2019:15 Pages 1267—1275

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/TCRM.S221059

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Garry Walsh


Abdullah Baharudin,1 Amir Hamzah Abdul Latiff,2 Kent Woo,3 Felix Boon-Bin Yap,4 Ing Ping Tang,5 Kin Fon Leong,6 Wai Seong Chin,7 De Yun Wang8

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia; 2Allergy & Immunology Centre, Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 3Allergy and Immunology Clinic, Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 4Department of Dermatology, Sunway Medical Centre, Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia; 5Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University Malaysia Sarawak, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia; 6Department of Dermatology, Pediatric Institute, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 7Pediatric Clinic, Dr Chin’s Child Specialist Clinic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 8Department of Otolaryngology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Correspondence: Abdullah Baharudin
Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan 16150, Malaysia
Email baharudin@usm.my

Abstract: H1-antihistamines are recognized to be effective for conditions such as allergic rhinitis and chronic spontaneous urticaria. However, management of such conditions in the real-world primary care setting may be challenging due to diverse patient-specific considerations, the wide range of antihistamines available, choice of other treatment modalities, and the complexity of interpreting specialist treatment algorithms. Despite regular updates to international guidelines, regional/national surveys of healthcare professionals show a clear gap between guidelines and real-world practice, particularly at the primary care level. This article thus presents the consensus opinion of experts from relevant specialties in Malaysia – allergology, pediatrics, otorhinolaryngology, and dermtology – on harmonizing the use and choice of antihistamines in primary care. Patient profiling is recommended as a tool to guide primary care practitioners in prescribing the appropriate antihistamine for each patient. Patient profiling is a three-step approach that involves 1) identifying the individual’s needs; 2) reviewing patient-specific considerations; and 3) monitoring treatment response and referral to specialists in more severe or difficult-to-treat cases. Concurrently, guidelct 3ines should be reviewed and updated periodically to include recommendations that are easily actionable for primary care practitioners.

Keywords: antihistamines, primary care, patient profiling, Malaysia

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