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J Cyst Fibros. 2009 Sep;8(5):348-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jcf.2009.05.004. Epub 2009 Aug 22.

Implementation of European standards of care for cystic fibrosis - provision of care.

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Centre for Infection an Immunity, Queen's University, Belfast City Hospital, UK.



Several guidelines for cystic fibrosis (CF) caregivers exist, but information about their implementation is lacking.


Adherence to European Consensus Guidelines for CF was studied by sending surveys to named healthcare professionals in 487 CF centres/units. Data were analysed qualitatively.


Data were obtained from 177 CF clinics, providing care for 21,177 patients (33% response rate). Access to specialist healthcare professionals was good according to 80% of respondents, although only 59% reported access to specialist pharmacists. Of the respondents, 16% reported unlimited access to inpatient CF beds, however 22% reported a lack of availability of immediate care. Most respondents (84%) reviewed their patients quarterly as outpatients. Shared-care models were used by 84% of respondents. Availability and adequacy of funding presented an issue for many, although 8% of respondents indicated that key funding was derived from CF charities.


The respondents demonstrated a high degree of implementation of European Consensus Guidelines. However, areas for improvement include shared care, access to care and funding inequalities.

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