The online version of this article (https://doi.org/10.1186/s12890-017-0569-1) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
The aim of our study was to assess current practice patterns and attitudes towards diagnosis and management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients in Latin America.
A Cross-sectional survey was developed and up to 455 physicians were enrolled. We used a rigorous method of validation using the translated version of the AIR Survey.
Mean age was 47.5 years (SD 12.6) with 20.4 years (SD 12.3) of practice. In around 30% of physicians were reported access to radiologist, pathologist and multidisciplinary team. Despite almost all physicians reported that (ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT) guidelines are useful, half of them prescribed corticoids for treatment of disease. Most respondents (69.9%) reported cough as the presenting symptom. Around 80% considered IPF to be an important clinical disorder, and felt that identifying patients at risk for IPF was important or extremely important. However, only 59.7% felt confident in managing patients with IPF, and similar numbers (60.8%) felt confident about their knowledge. Pulmonologist have more confidence and management of IPF that no pulmonologist.
The results of this survey of Latin American physicians could help to fill gaps regarding awareness, management and treatment of IPF and improve earlier diagnosis of IPF.
Additional file 1: Table S1. Country. (DOCX 12 kb)12890_2017_569_MOESM1_ESM.docx
Raghu G, Collard HR, Egan JJ, Martinez FJ, Behr J, Brown KK, Colby TV, Cordier J-F, Flaherty KR, Lasky JA, et al. An official ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT statement: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and management. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011;183:788–824. CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentral
Travis WD, Costabel U, Hansell DM, King TE Jr, Lynch DA, Nicholson AG, Ryerson CJ, Ryu JH, Selman M, Wells AU, et al. An official American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society statement: update of the international multidisciplinary classification of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013;188:733–48. CrossRefPubMed
Flaherty KR, King TE, Jr., Raghu G, Lynch JP, 3rd, Colby TV, Travis WD, Gross BH, Kazerooni EA, Toews GB, Long Q, et al: Idiopathic interstitial pneumonia: what is the effect of a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis? Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2004, 170 :904–910.
Cottin V, Bergot E, Bourdin A, Cadranel J, Camus P, Crestani B, Dalphin JC, Delaval P, Dromer C, Israel-Biet D, et al. Adherence to guidelines in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: a follow-up national survey. ERJ Open Res. 2015;1
Sharp C, Maher TM, Welham S, Gibbons M: UK trainee experience in interstitial lung disease: results from a British Thoracic Society survey. Thorax 2014 :thoraxjnl-2014-206397.
Xaubet A, Ancochea J, Bollo E, Fernandez-Fabrellas E, Franquet T, Molina-Molina M, Montero MA, Serrano-Mollar A, Sociedad Espanola de Neumologia y Cirugia Toracica research group on diffuse pulmonary D: Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Sociedad Espanola de Neumologia y Cirugia Toracica (SEPAR) research group on diffuse pulmonary diseases. Arch Bronconeumol 2013, 49 :343–353.
Selman M, Undarraga A: Recomendaciones para el diagnóstico y tratamiento de la Fibrosis Pulmonar Idiopática. RESPIRAR 2015 :e24.
- Management and attitudes about IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) among physicians from Latin America
Juan Carlos Calderón
- BioMed Central
Neu im Fachgebiet Innere Medizin
Meistgelesene Bücher aus der Inneren Medizin
Mail Icon II