1st Mar 2019

Oxygen therapy - attitudes and perceptions of IPF patients and their carers

Best supportive care and symptom palliation are mainstays of treatment for patients with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). As the disease advances, breathlessness becomes a major determinant of quality of life,  yet anecdotal evidence suggests some patients are reluctant to instigate oxygen therapy . This rapid review was conducted to understand key facilitators and barriers to the use of oxygen therapy from the perspective of patients with IPF and their carers.