Position paper: Models of post-transplant care for individuals with cystic fibrosis

Edward McKone, Kathleen J. Ramos, Cecilia Chaparro, Joshua Blatter, Ramsey Hachem, Michael Anstead, Fanny Vlahos, Abby Thaxton, Sarah Hempstead, Thomas Daniels, Michelle Murray, Amparo Sole, Robin Vos, Erin Tallarico, Albert Faro, Joseph M. Pilewski

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There is no consensus on the best model of care for individuals with CF to manage the non-pulmonary complications that persist after lung transplant. The CF Foundation virtually convened a group of international experts in CF and lung-transplant care. The committee reviewed literature and shared the post-lung transplant model of care practiced by their programs. The committee then developed a survey that was distributed internationally to both the clinical and individual with CF/family audiences to determine the strengths, weaknesses, and preferences for various models of transplant care. Discussion generated two models to accomplish optimal CF care after transplant. The first model incorporates the CF team into care and proposes delineation of responsibilities for the CF and transplant teams. This model is reliant on outstanding communication between the teams, while leveraging the expertise of the CF team for management of the non-pulmonary manifestations of CF. The transplant team manages all aspects of the transplant, including pulmonary concerns and management of immunosuppression. The second model consolidates care in one center and may be more practical for transplant programs that have expertise managing CF and have access to CF multidisciplinary care team members (e.g., located in the same institution). The best model for each program is influenced by several factors and model selection needs to be decided between the transplant and the CF center and may vary from center to center. In either model, CF lung transplant recipients require a clear delineation of the roles and responsibilities of their providers and mechanisms for effective communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-380
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cystic Fibrosis
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2023

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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