Allergy and Immunology
Allergy and Immunology
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Raoul Wolf’s publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database
The incidence of allergies and asthma in the general population has been increasing steadily since the 1990's. Even more disturbing, the increased severity of attacks has led to a concomitant increase in mortality. Dr. Wolf and his colleagues have approached both the disparities in asthma incidence and treatment by applying a community approach to these problems. Working with the Chicago Public School system, they developed and validated a brief screening tool (BPAS+) that can be answered rapidly and has a high predictive value for possible asthma. The BPAS+ has been translated into Spanish and validated. He and his colleagues have studied more than 30,000 students in Chicago schools in impoverished areas, and have found that 34 percent of African-American students have either diagnosed or undiagnosed asthma, as do 25 percent of Hispanic overall (the incidence is higher among those of Puerto Rican origin) and 20 percent of white students.
The BPAS+ has been adopted by several investigators in Chicago and other cities, with a combined total of well over 100,000 children screened. With co-investigators in Chicago and New York, Dr. Wolf used the BPAS+ as the basis for a five-year federally funded study into Ethnic Disparities in Asthma. There are several publications resulting from these studies. Dr. Wolf also participated in the development of a universal asthma screen. This project was conducted under the auspices of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology by investigators in Chicago, Dallas, Cleveland and Rochester, Minnesota. These results have been published and there are plans to roll out the screening tool on a national level.
An essential aspect of the Community approach to asthma is patient care and education. Dr. Wolf is the Director of the La Rabida Community Asthma Program for Children (LCAPC), which he established in 1996. LCAPC provides education on asthma in schools and community centers and directs children identified as having asthma or possibly having asthma into appropriate care. This program has been continuously funded since its inception from private and federal sources. Dr. Wolf has also collaborated on the genetics of asthma and is a co-author on publications which approach asthma susceptibility through genetics.