Alter the Course of Interstitial Lung Disease
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Interstitial lung disease (ILD) presents a unique and difficult challenge in the hospital setting due to the chronic nature of the precipitating condition. Studies have shown that elderly …
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) presents a unique and difficult challenge in the hospital setting due to the chronic nature of the precipitating condition. Studies have shown that elderly patients and patients in long-term care settings with ILD are significantly more likely to be hospitalized than patients without. In general, the progressive restrictive-ventilatory limitation, hypoxia, dyspnea, and cough typically observed in patients with an ILD are associated with significant quality of life (QOL) impairments and, in some cases, can result in death from respiratory failure. Therefore, there is a need for clinicians practicing in a hospital setting to possess adequate knowledge of ILD incidence, the skills to perform a differential diagnosis, and provide adequate management and treatment that is effective upon a patient’s return to the community or long-term care setting. This program aims to address these important clinical needs.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:Outline a multidisciplinary approach for the differential diagnosis of ILDDiscuss the latest evidence-based guidelines for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and review strategies for individualized management of patients with ILDDescribe strategies for ensuring adequate communication between clinicians and patients over the course of ILD management
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