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Table 1 Strengths and weaknesses of the two-level ARIA severity classification ("mild" vs. "moderate/severe") for AR

From: Assessment of disease control in allergic rhinitis

Strengths Weaknesses
• Easy to apply • Some duplication between questions
• Patient-centred • "Mild" patients unlikely to seek treatment
• Emphasizes the existence of severe allergic rhinitis • "Moderate-severe" patients form a heterogeneous group
• Correlated with disease-specific quality of life, sleep quality, work productivity and visual analogue scale scores • Poor uptake by physicians (both primary care physicians and specialists)
  • Not extensively applied by physicians - even those who are aware of the classification
  • Does not take account of past and present treatments