This guideline covers diagnosing and managing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in people aged 18 and over. It aims to improve the quality of life for people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis by helping healthcare professionals to diagnose the condition and provide effective symptom management.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
Who is it for?
- Healthcare professionals
- Commissioners and providers
- Adults with suspected or diagnosed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and their families and carers
Is this guideline up to date?
This guideline will shortly be checked to see if it needs updating. We plan to publish our decision on whether the guideline should be updated in April 2017.
Register as a stakeholder to be informed about the final decision.
Guideline development process
This guideline was previously called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: the diagnosis and management of suspected idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.