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About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about a lung condition called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 163.

All of the treatment and care that NICE recommends is in line with the NHS Constitution ( NICE has also produced advice on improving the experience of care for adults using the NHS. For more information, see 'About care in the NHS' on our website (

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are 18 years or older and have suspected or diagnosed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

It does not cover other types of pulmonary fibrosis caused by illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, or if you have been exposed to a substance that is known to cause pulmonary fibrosis, such as asbestos.

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