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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive lung disorder requiring careful management in partnership with patients to slow its progress and optimise quality of life
Russell A-M (2015) Care planning in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Nursing Times; 111: 18, 20-22.
Patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis require accurate diagnosis and treatment to improve their quality of life and prognosis. This case study follows a patient's care from presentation to diagnosis and management over four years. It illustrates the recommended care pathway, the complexity of the condition and the importance of shared care between specialist and local services. See page 16 for the latest NICE standards for IPF care.