Gluten-free diet or alternative therapy: A survey on what parents of celiac children want

Lorenzo Norsa, Carolina Tomba, Carlo Agostoni, Federica Branchi, Maria Teresa Bardella, Leda Roncoroni, Dario Conte, Luca Elli

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Objectives: Celiac disease (CD) is treated by life-long gluten-free diet (GFD). Novel therapies are under development. Willingness of CD children's parents to alternative therapies and GFD impact were evaluated. Methods: Parents of celiac children on GFD were investigated on need and preference for novel CD therapies, children's enrolment in trials, compliance to and personal judgment on GFD, health status (HS) and quality of life (QoL). Results: About 59.5% surveyed parents expressed the need for alternative therapies with a preference for vaccine-based strategy (39.9%). About 37.7% would accept enrollment in an ad hoc trial, 20.3% would agree to endoscopy during the trial. GFD compliance was 97.4% and well accepted by 93.8%. HS and QoL significantly improved during GFD (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-594
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2015


  • Celiac disease
  • Gastroenterology
  • Nutrition
  • Pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science


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