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Disabil Rehabil. 1998 Jun-Jul;20(6-7):254-61.

Community-based care in cystic fibrosis: role of the cystic fibrosis nurse specialist and implications for patients and families.

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Respiratory Unit, Royal Liverpool Childrens Unit, Alder Hey Hospital, UK.


Improved survival for cystic fibrosis has rapidly increased over the past four decades, with patients now living well into adult life. With changes in the structure of the National Health Service and the formation of provider units and general practitioner (GP) fund-holding practices, it is important to strengthen links between the hospital and community teams to ensure that the CF patient receives adequate care. Increasingly, treatment is being carried out at home, and this emphasis on home-based therapy demands that parents/carers and patients must acquire the skills and knowledge of complex therapies in order to optimize health. It is the role of the CF nurse specialist (NS) to educate those who will deliver the care, co-ordinate the provision of services at home, liaise with the CF team and community health-care professionals and to support the patient and their carers.

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