Food allergy can impact quality of life (QoL). Health-related knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSA) are the foundation to healthy living. For those with food allergy, healthy living may be impacted by deficiencies in any of these factors, as food is more than 'just what we eat'; it transcends cultural and social boundaries.
To appreciate and understand what it is like to live with food allergy, our study explores how Australian children, teenagers and parents view food allergy and how they keep safe. There are 4 broad areas of enquiry – medical, social interaction, school life and purchasing habits (food related).
A key aim is to determine whether there is a difference in QoL between regional and metropolitan locations.