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NICE publishes advice on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

By News team

Healthcare professionals should be aware of the symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to a new clinical guideline from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Patients with persistent cough, breathlessness and respiratory cackles should have access to chest X-rays and specialists so a prompt diagnosis can be made, says NICE.

The guideline sets out how exercise and education can improve quality of life for patients diagnosed with IPF and makes recommendations on how pharmacological interventions should be used. It points out that there is no conclusive evidence to support use of any drugs to increase survival of people with the disease.

Other guidance published by NICE today (12 June 2013) relates to the assessment and prevention of falls in older people and the rehabilitation of stroke patients.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11122226

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