CF Care Guidelines

The CF Foundation is a leader in the efforts to advance and promote specialized care that improves and extends the lives of people with CF.

Thanks in large part to the care provided by the CF Foundation's Care Center Network, the median predicated age of survival for people with CF is about 40 years and is increasing. To ensure this continues, the Foundation provides its accredited care centers with up-to-date care guidelines based on the latest research.

Care or practice guidelines recommend treatment based on published reports of clinical trials that look at safety, effectiveness and potential benefit.

How are care guidelines made? 

The Foundation brings together committees of subject-matter experts, including doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, and CF families, to write guidelines on each topic. If there is not enough published information, expert opinion of the best care is documented and used. Learn more about how the guidelines are developed. 

What guidelines are available?

Guidelines for CF care are available here, along with the supporting information from scientific journals and medical meetings that provided the basis for the Foundation’s guidelines. The available guidelines include:

  • Diagnosis
    • CF Diagnosis
    • Sweat Testing
    • Newborn Screening
    • CFTR Metabolic Syndrome (CRMS)
  • Nutrition/GI
    • Nutrition in Children and Adults (2008)
    • Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement
    • Cystic Fibrosis-related Diabetes (CFRD)
    • Vitamin D
    • Bone Health
    • Liver Disease
    • Pediatric Nutrition (2002)
  • Respiratory
    • Chronic Medications for Lung Health Maintenance
    • CF Airway Clearance Techniques
    • Exacerbations
    • Pulmonary Complications
    • ABPA
    • Lung Transplants
  • Infection Control
  • Age-Specific Care
    • Infant Care
    • CFTR Metabolic Syndrome (CRMS)
    • Adult Care
  • Antioxidants
  • References

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Updated 03/07/2012