Work productivity in rhinitis using cell phones: The MASK pilot study

J. Bousquet* (Corresponding Author), M. Bewick, S. Arnavielhe, E. Mathieu-Dupas, R. Murray, A. Bedbrook, D. P. Caimmi, O. Vandenplas, P. W. Hellings, C. Bachert, J. M. Anto, K. C. Bergmann, C. Bindslev-Jensen, S. Bosnic-Anticevich, J. Bouchard, G. W. Canonica, N. H. Chavannes, A. A. Cruz, R. Dahl, P. DemolyG. De Vries, P. Devillier, A. Fink-Wagner, W. J. Fokkens, J. Fonseca, N. A. Guldemond, T. Haahtela, B. Hellqvist-Dahl, J. Just, T. Keil, L. Klimek, M. L. Kowalski, P. Kuna, V. Kvedariene, D. Laune, D. Larenas-Linnemann, J. Mullol, A. M. Pereira, P. Carreiro-Martins, E. Melén, M. Morais-Almeida, L. Nogueira-Silva, R. E. O'Hehir, N. G. Papadopoulos, G. Passalacqua, F. Portejoie, D. Price, D. Ryan, B. Samolinski, A. Sheikh, F. E. R. Simons, O. Spranger, A. Todo Bom, P. V. Tomazic, M. Triggiani, A. Valero, E. Valovirta, A. Valiulis, M. van Eerd, M. Wickman, I. Young, T. Zuberbier

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Allergic rhinitis often impairs social life and performance. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to use cell phone data to assess the impact on work productivity of uncontrolled rhinitis assessed by visual analogue scale (VAS). A mobile phone app (Allergy Diary, Google Play Store and Apple App Store) collects data from daily visual analogue scales (VAS) for overall allergic symptoms (VAS-global measured), nasal (VAS-nasal), ocular (VAS-ocular) and asthma symptoms (VAS-asthma) as well as work (VAS-work). A combined nasal-ocular score is calculated. The Allergy Diary is available in 21 countries. The app includes the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Allergic Specific Questionnaire (WPAI:AS) in six EU countries. All consecutive users who completed the VAS-work from 1 June to 31 October 2016 were included in the study. A total of 1136 users filled in 5818 days of VAS-work. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis were controlled (VAS-global 50). There was a significant correlation between VAS-global calculated and VAS-work (Rho=0.83, P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1475-1484
Number of pages10
Issue number10
Early online date9 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma
  • app
  • rhinitis
  • work productivity


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