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This study is being carried out by a team of trained researchers as part of a project funded by the European Union called iFAAM (Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management).

Before you decide if you would like to take part, it is important for you to understand why this research is being done and what taking part would involve for you.  Please take your time to read the information carefully. Discuss it with your friends, relatives, or GP if you wish to.  Take time to consider whether or not you wish to take part.  

Why have I been asked to take part?
You have been invited to take part because you have been previously diagnosed with a food allergy. We think you may be suitable to take part.

Why do we do this study?
Millions of people in Europe have a food allergy. At present, there is no enough evidence to prevent food allergy developing or to adequately protect those, who are already allergic.

The AlleRiSC study (Allergic Reactions in the Social Contexts) aims to understand circumstances in which accidental allergic reactions occur in food-allergic patients in the community. We have developed a web-based questionnaire to report these reactions.

What happens if I agree to take part?
This study involves entering details about your allergic reactions via web-based AlleRiC/AlleRiSC tool.
The questionnaire you are about to fill in is just a screening questionnaire to determine whether you are eligible to take part. If so, a study team member will provide you with an online access to our reporting tool.

 Once you experience an allergic reaction to food, even very mild one, you will be asked to report online the circumstances such as its symptoms, where you were, what food was eaten etc. Once you do it, you will be contacted via a phone call by a trained researcher, who will ask you further about the circumstances of your reaction.

If you agree to be talked to in more detail, the researcher will arrange a date and place for a short (30 min.) informal meeting, where you will be asked few questions about your experience. This unique understanding of the allergic reactions to food is especially valued by the research team.

Do I have to take part?        
No. Taking part is entirely voluntary. You are free to change your mind at any time, without giving a reason and without consequences for your further care and treatment.

Are there risks from taking part?
We do not think there are any risks related to being involved in the reporting of allergic reactions. The allergic reactions should only be reported after you have treated and managed your reaction and you are feeling well.

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