RATIONALE: Since 1950, NAB/AAAAI has established stations in the USA to inform airborne mold and pollen levels to the public. The objective of the study was to determine how doctors AAAAI members interpret and use these reports. METHODS: A survey was designed to measure perceptions of the usefulness of mold/pollen reports. Our questionnaire was sent to AAAAI members, using SurveyMonkey through the AAAAI Practice and Policy Division. RESULTS: We sent it to 941 individuals and received 145 responses. More than half of the physicians agree or strongly agree that mold/pollen reports encourage patients to visit a clinical doctor or allergist either for medical attention or to be updated about their condition. Although 53.6% of physicians agree that patients generally read pollen data, 81.2% believe that reports should use graphics to improve their interpretation. Of the participants, 70.3% agree that news about pollen should be placed near climate and pollution news. Whilst only 25.3% physicians agree that media reports are unreliable, a greater proportion of physicians agree that such reports are effective on alerting patients if they can go outside home. Finally, about 80% of physicians agree that reports should be detailed and considered to help their patients, although 84.8% agree that they are not useful for diagnosing or treating patients. CONCLUSIONS: Doctors perceives that pollen reports are reliable. These reports may encourage patients to visit an allergist and, to a lesser extent, a general practitioner. The news about pollen should be placed next to the weather and pollution forecast.
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