Allergy screening using a microcomputer.Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 285 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.285.6340.483 (Published 14 August 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;285:483
- C F Pantin,
- T G Merrett
Data are presented to show that a microcomputer can be programmed to: (1) analyse a standard allergy questionnaire, (2) reliably predict the ranked order probabilities with which IgE antibody tests will produce positive results, (3) store the IgE test results, and (4) print a comprehensive report that summarises and integrates the clinical and laboratory data. Consequently, the practitioner who refers a blood sample and a questionnaire completed by the patient to a centre where both can be analysed will obtain enough practical information to decide whether to treat or refer that patient to a specialist. The microcomputer is therefore potentially of great value in any preliminary allergy investigation.