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End of life care for patients with cystic fibrosis

Dorota Sands, Teresa Repetto, Lieven J. Dupont, Aleksandra Korzeniewska-Eksterowicz, Paola Catastini, Susan Madge

Abstract


Palliative care is an approach that improves quality of life for patients and their families facing problems associated with a life-threatening illness. Care planning is particularly important in CF, where predicting a time of death is extremely difficult. The patient and family should receive realistic information about health status and further options of care. Particularly important is the explanation that treatment does not stop during the terminal phase of the disease, instead the primary aim is to alleviate unpleasant symptoms. More invasive end of life care is becoming the norm in patients awaiting lung transplantation. Terminal care should be organised in the place chosen by the patient and their family. Ideally terminal care should not end when the patient dies, instead psychological and spiritual support should continue to bereaved families.

© 2011 European Cystic Fibrosis Society. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; End of life; Palliative care

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