Pediatric allergy and immunology in Turkey

Celik G., BAKIRTAŞ A., Sackesen C., Reisli I., Tuncer A.

PEDIATRIC ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY, vol.22, no.4, pp.440-448, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


P>Allergic diseases constitute a significant health problem in Turkey. According to a recent multicenter study, which used the ISAAC questionnaire, the mean prevalence of wheezing, rhinoconjunctivitis, and eczema in 10-yr-old school children during the past year was 15.8%, 23.5%, and 8.1%, respectively. A healthcare level system, regulated by Ministry of Health, is available in Turkey. Pediatric allergists and pediatric immunologists provide patient care at the tertiary level. Currently, 48 centers deliver care for allergic and immunologic diseases in children. There are 136 pediatric and 61 adult allergists/immunologists. Although the number of allergy/clinical immunology specialists is limited, these centers are capable of delivering many of the procedures required for the proper management and diagnosis of allergy/immunology.