AAAAI statements are not to be construed as dictating an exclusive course of action; nor are they intended to replace the medical judgment of healthcare professionals. The unique circumstances of individual patients and environments are to be taken into account in any diagnosis and treatment plan. AAAAI statements reflect clinical and scientific advances as of the date of their publication and are subject to change.
Listed below are the current statements of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. These statements are divided into two categories: position statements and work group reports.
Position statements of the AAAAI examine an aspect or aspects of clinical practice or research pertaining to allergic/immunologic disease, and through literature review and a consensus of experts, set forth a position designed to outline appropriate care or the appropriate application of research. They may also examine an issue related to allergic/immunologic disease and public policy, and articulate an ideological stance and steps to advance that position. They are well referenced and contain extensive bibliographies. Position statements serve as official statements of the AAAAI. Because of their weight, position statements are created only after careful discussion and review.
Examines an aspect or aspects of clinical practice, research or public policy pertaining to Allergic/Immunologic disease in a systematic, reproducible fashion. Most such reviews will address therapies, but proposals focusing on other areas – including diagnosis, prevention, or prognosis are also encouraged. It is expected that authors will define a question, perform a literature search with specified inclusion and exclusion criteria, abstract and critically appraise data according to methodologic quality and assessment of validity, and transparently describe the overall results of the review and how to apply these results to patient care. These reviews do not constitute official statements or policy of the AAAAI, but do carry the potential for meaningful impact.
Work Group Reports
Work group reports provide further comment or clarification on appropriate methods of treatment or care. They are generally created by committees or work groups. The goal of work group reports is to aid practitioners in making patient decisions. They do not constitute official statements of the AAAAI, but serve to bring attention to key clinical or sometimes controversial issues. They contain a bibliography, but typically not one as extensive as that contained within a position statement.
Lifespan of AAAAI Statements
After five years from the date of publication, AAAAI position statements and work group reports are not to be considered to reflect current AAAAI standards or policy. The AAAAI maintains these statements in archives for the purpose of reference only.
Current Position Statements and Work Group Reports
Stinging Insect Allergy
Archived Position Statements and Work Group Reports
Click here to find out how to proceed with development of a work group report, position statement or systematic review.
Quality Measures and Their Importance to Allergy/Immunology - The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice (Janaury 2015)