Give people with cystic fibrosis annual reviews with physio input, says NICE

People with cystic fibrosis should have the results of their assessments reviewed annually by a specialist multidisciplinary team, which includes a physiotherapist.


The quality standard aims to improve the care of people with cystic fibrosis

This is one of the best practice statements in a new quality standard from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

The quality standard, published in May, covers the diagnosis and management of cystic fibrosis in children and adults and describes high-quality care and areas for improvement.

Lisa Morrison, chair of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cystic Fibrosis (ACPCF), said it was a welcome opportunity to improve care and enhance the quality of life for people with the condition.

She said: ‘This publication identifies key points that ensure the comprehensive management of people with cystic fibrosis.

‘Through the delivery of optimal care and communication it supports ongoing improvement and the best possible health outcomes, for example the optimisation of modern therapies and ensuring that there is equal access to these.

‘As physiotherapists it offers robust support for our own standards of care and good clinical practice for the management of cystic fibrosis, creating opportunities to benchmark our services on recognised standards and monitor service improvements.’

Author: Robert Millett

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