Caring for adults with cystic fibrosis

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Adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) will soon outnumber children, thus CF is a disease that adult and pediatric physicians must understand. Adults with CF face a very difficult challenge: to have a career and/or a family while still finding the time to keep up the often demanding treatment regimen required to maintain their health in the face of a complicated multisystem disease, such as CF. It is our duty as physicians to help them meet this challenge by providing effective and compassionate care. More and more effective treatments for CF are gradually becoming available that will markedly enhance the quality of life and improve survival for patients with CF. Intelligently integrating these new therapies with existing therapies to minimize treatment burden while maximizing the benefit of these therapies to maintain lung function and prolong life is perhaps the greatest challenge we face as CF caregivers. It is a wonderful challenge to face for CF patients and their caregivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-105
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • Adolescence
  • Adulthood
  • Childhood
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Disability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing


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