Cystic fibrosis

Task Force calls for more adult CF centres

Thursday, 22 Oct 2015

There is an urgent need for more adult CF centres that are equipped to deliver multidisciplinary care addressing the complexity of the disease, concludes a report published by a joint Task Force from European Respiratory Society and the European Cystic Fibrosis Society.

The report also strongly recommends that the multidisciplinary teams are based in major hospitals and are led by respiratory physicians adequately trained in cystic fibrosis management.

The role of the Task Force, which included expert representation from Australia and the US, was to address a number of questions relating to adult CF care and provide guidance on the priorities for the management of adult CF in Europe over the next 15 years.

This was because an increase in the number of adults with CF had shifted the balance of numbers in CF medicine to a majority of adults, the taskforce report noted.

For instance data from the ECFS Patient Registry predicts that the number of adults with CF in Europe will have increased by 75% between 2010 and 2025.

The Task Force report concludes that continuing medical education must keep pace with the rapidly developing challenges of CF management to meet the needs of healthcare workers dealing with CF.

It suggests a core curriculum for trainees in adult respiratory medicine is implemented, as well as the selection and accreditation of training centres that deliver postgraduate training to the standards of the HERMES programme.

Read the full report here.

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