Assisting Health Care Providers to Determine When Home Assessments for Potential Mold Exposure Are Warranted

“Drawing evidence from epidemiology and exposure assessment studies and recommendations from expert practice,” researchers in the March, 2016, edition of Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, “describe a process to guide health care providers helping their patients who present with symptoms that might be associated with living in damp housing.”

The authors “present the procedures in the form of a guided 2-part interview. The first part has 5 questions that triage the patient toward a more detailed questionnaire that reflects features of housing conditions known to be reliably associated with exposures to mold and dampness contaminants. [Researchers] chose the questions based on the conditions associated with moisture problems in homes across the United States and Canada. The goal is to facilitate the clinician’s effort to help patients reduce exposure to environmental triggers that elicit symptoms to better manage their disease.”

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