About the Authors

Kirsty E Rankin

Affiliation Division of Community Health Sciences, General Practice Section, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Aziz Sheikh

To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: aziz.sheikh@ed.ac.uk

Affiliation Division of Community Health Sciences, General Practice Section, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Competing Interests

KER had a school friend who died from anaphylaxis. AS has a school-aged son with food-triggered anaphylaxis, gave evidence to the Health of Commons Health Committee review on The Provision of Allergy Services, is part of the Department of Health Allergy Review Stakeholder Group, and serves on the Scottish Executive's Review of Allergy Services in Scotland Working Group.

Author Contributions

AS conceived the idea for the study. KER undertook the international literature review that underpinned questionnaire development, piloted this instrument, and undertook the survey and analysis. AS oversaw all aspects of data collection and analysis and led the writing of the paper. AS is guarantor.