A vast majority of pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis patients would like to have the ability to monitor their lung function at home, top-line results from PMD Healthcare’s two 2018 online patient surveys show.
PMD reported that most of the PF (96%) and CF (93%) patients indicated their will to check lung function at home between visits with their doctor.
Data also showed that 96% of both patient groups would like to use a remote monitoring device (such as a spirometer) to measure pulmonary function at home. The same percentage said that being able to check lung function at home was very important to them.
Among the benefits brought by home monitoring of lung function, the patients mentioned the potential for earlier identification of disease flare-ups, or exacerbations; increased peace of mind and lessened anxiety associated with pulmonary function tests conducted in the clinic; education about patients’ lung function; and the ability to handle care on their own terms.