People with cystic fibrosis continue to live longer and healthier lives, and the Patient Registry data support this general trend. To understand what this means for our community, however, it is important to understand how these numbers are calculated and what they represent.
CF Foundation-accredited care centers play an important role in research. They collect information on the health status of their patients with CF who agree to participate, and report that data to the CF Foundation Patient Registry. The information is available in aggregate to the CF community each year through the Data Report, the Highlights Report, and the Care Center Finder.
In the third plenary, Dr. Wayne Morgan talked about the connection between cystic fibrosis care and the Patient Registry, and introduced a new way for people with CF, along with their families, to help shape the research conducted using the Registry.
CF care centers have worked hard to improve health outcomes. A new initiative seeks to improve the quality of our experiences at care centers.
A day spent visiting a care center proved the perfect introduction to the CF story for legislative staffers.
The Partnerships for Sustaining Daily Care (PSDC) team had the opportunity to hear from people with cystic fibrosis, families and care teams at five Family Education Days at care centers across the country. Here's what we heard.
Even though it was scary, I made attending medical appointments during the pandemic a priority.
As a military spouse who makes frequent moves, I have had to transition to new cystic fibrosis care centers 11 times in 21 years. Here are three things I have learned to make each changeover work.
After several months of telehealth visits with my care team, I returned to the clinic for an in-person visit. Because of COVID-19, some aspects of the visit were different than before.
COVID-19 has introduced telehealth appointments to my cystic fibrosis care. I've learned that advocating for myself is even more important when my care team and I can't be in the same room.