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Boehringer Ingelheim patient survey shows impact of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

26th July 2017

Boehringer Ingelheim has announced the findings of a global survey showing the significant emotional and practical challenges facing people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

More than 150 patients across nine countries were interviewed for the survey, which showed that 39 percent of respondents say they are worried about experiencing an acute IPF exacerbation, while 22 percent say they are extremely worried.

This can result in feelings of anxiety, fear, uncertainty and hopelessness, as well as a restriction in everyday activities, while patients also highlighted the impact of the physical limitations caused by the disease and the importance of knowing how long they will be able to remain active.

As such, the report observed that treatment for IPF needs to go beyond drug therapy and include supplying additional oxygen and pulmonary rehabilitation programmes when needed, with emotional and practical support from nurses, social workers, psychologists and physiotherapists also essential.

Dr Marlies Wijsenbeek, a pulmonologist at the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands, said: "While medical care is available to help slow the progression of IPF right after diagnosis, it is also crucial that patients are given emotional support from the earliest stage possible to help minimise anxiety associated with the disease."

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