Development of an innovative curriculum for paediatricians on peanut allergy prevention: How do we address current guidelines?

Stephanie Leeds*, Martin Slade, Janet Hafler, Waheeda Samady, Jialing Jiang, Lucy Bilaver, Ruchi S. Gupta

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Background: There exists strong evidence for the early introduction of peanut to at-risk infants for the primary prevention of peanut allergy. There is a need for educational initiatives to assist in dissemination and implementation of updated clinical guidelines on peanut allergy prevention. Approach: The aim for this project was to create an innovative curriculum for paediatricians on peanut allergy prevention. The Intervention to Reduce Early Allergy (Peanut) in Childhood (iREACH) study was leveraged to recruit paediatricians for a needs assessment. Materials from the iREACH study, including an educational YouTube video and knowledge survey, were evaluated. Applying findings from the needs assessment, an innovative curriculum was developed, and updated knowledge survey questions were developed. Evaluation: The iREACH YouTube video had suboptimal viewing behaviours, and iREACH participants had high baseline knowledge scores that did improve after viewing the video. The majority of respondents to the needs assessment felt that all paediatricians needed access to an effective educational module on peanut allergy prevention, and they wanted a broadly accessible curriculum that incorporated quality media and content segmentation. An online, interactive curriculum was developed that includes clinical cases and games, and updated knowledge questions were created with associated internal structure and reliability evidence, as well as relation to other variables evidence. Implication: The next steps of this project will focus on curriculum implementation and evaluation through a randomised, prospective study with the aim to serve as an educational model for how to integrate specialty-specific guidelines into broader clinical practice through education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere13689
JournalClinical Teacher
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Review and Exam Preparation


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