Learn about cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other organs, and how to treat and live with this chronic disease.
CF is a rare genetic disease found in about 30,000 people in the U.S. If you have CF or are considering testing for it, knowing about the role of genetics in CF can help you make informed decisions about your health care.
If you or your child has just been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, or your doctor has recommended testing for CF, you may have many questions.
Diagnosing CF is a multistep process. A complete diagnostic evaluation should include a newborn screening, a sweat chloride test, a genetic or carrier test, and a clinical evaluation at a CF Foundation-accredited care center.
Raising a child with cystic fibrosis can bring up many questions because CF affects many aspects of your child’s life. Here you’ll find resources to help you manage your child’s daily needs and find the best possible CF care.
Living with cystic fibrosis comes with many challenges, including medical, social, and financial. By learning more about how you can manage your disease every day, you can ultimately help find a balance between your busy lifestyle and your CF care.
People with CF are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. As an adult with CF, you may reach key milestones you might not have considered. Planning for these life events requires careful thought as you make decisions that may impact your life.
People with cystic fibrosis are living longer and more fulfilling lives, thanks in part to specialized CF care and a range of treatment options.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited care centers provide expert care and specialized disease management to people living with cystic fibrosis.
We provide funding for and accredit more than 120 care centers and 53 affiliate programs nationwide. The high quality of specialized care available throughout the care center network has led to the improved length and quality of life for people with CF.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation provides standard care guidelines based on the latest research, medical evidence, and consultation with experts on best practices.
As a clinician, you’re critical in helping people with CF maintain their quality of life. We’re committed to helping you partner with patients and their families by providing resources you can use to improve and continue to provide high-quality care.
As part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's mission to help improve the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis, the PSDC initiative taps the CF community to inform key efforts to support the management of daily care.
Your cystic fibrosis care team includes a group of CF health care professionals who partner with you to provide specialized, comprehensive CF care.
Many people living with cystic fibrosis and their families face complicated issues related to getting the care they need. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Compass makes sure that no one has to do it alone.
CF Foundation Compass is a service that helps people with CF and their families with navigating insurance options, connecting to legal information and experts, finding available financial resources, and tackling other life issues.
CF care team members are paramount in providing highly specialized care to people living with CF. CF Foundation Compass can help by serving as a strategic ally for care teams, so team members can focus on their patients’ care.
CF Foundation Compass can help you navigate insurance, financial, legal, and other issues you are facing. Use this online form to start your conversation with a Compass case manager today.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for CF and supports a broad range of research initiatives to tackle the disease from all angles.
The CF Foundation offers a number of resources for learning about clinical trials and treatments that are being developed to improve the treatment of cystic fibrosis.
Our understanding of CF continues to evolve as scientists study what causes the disease and how it affects the body. These insights drive the development of new and better treatments and bring us one step closer to a cure.
Researchers, supported by the CF Foundation, have made tremendous advances to improve the health and quality of life of people with CF. We are committed to providing the tools and resources you need to continuously build upon this work.
These guidelines were created to help care center teams to integrate screening and treating depression and anxiety into comprehensive cystic fibrosis care.
Quittner AL, Abbott J, Georgiopoulos AM, et al. International Committee on Mental Health in Cystic Fibrosis: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and European Cystic Fibrosis Society consensus statements for screening and treating depression and anxiety. Thorax. 2016 Jan;71(1):26-34. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2015-207488. Epub 2015 Oct 9.
Investigations examining depression and anxiety in individuals with cystic fibrosis and their caregivers indicate elevated symptoms of these mental health issues in this population. To address this concern, a multidisciplinary group of experts convened to develop consensus recommendations for identifying and treating depression and anxiety in the context of CF care. Fifteen guideline recommendations were proposed in the following areas:
The committee noted that prior to the implementation of a screening program, care pathways and provisions for depression and/or anxiety should be in place.
The challenges of managing and living with a chronic medical illness, such as CF, place individuals at higher risk for mental health difficulties. Problems such as depression and anxiety can negatively impact adherence to prescribed treatments, physical health, role functioning, and quality of life. Early identification of depression and anxiety can help individuals obtain appropriate mental health services to prevent symptoms from worsening.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the European Cystic Fibrosis Society brought together a group of 22 experts in CF to develop specific recommendations to proactively screen, identify, and treat depression and anxiety in individuals with CF.
This International Committee on Mental Health in CF (ICMH) was divided into four workgroups and developed PICO questions to guide literature searches. The final recommendation statements were anonymously voted on by the committee. The statements that were included in the final guidelines reached at least 80 percent agreement.
The ICMH suggests that additional areas of research include the following:
Relevant manuscripts published after the original guidelines are listed below. These manuscripts have not been reviewed or endorsed by the guidelines committee.
Below are recent publications that address mental health in individuals with CF:
Jennifer Lindwall, Ph.D., Emily Muther, Ph.D., and Alexandra Quittner, Ph.D.
The guidelines were published in January 2016, they were reviewed in April 2019 and it was determined that no update is needed at this time.
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