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Changes in iOS in IPF

Study Purpose

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a condition where scar tissue (called fibrosis) builds up in the lungs. It usually gets worse over time. Fibrosis causes the lungs to become stiff, and reduces the amount of oxygen that the lungs can take up. People with IPF complain of worsening breathlessness, which limits their day to day activities. Lung function tests are breathing tests that measure how well your lungs are working, and are used by doctors to decide whether to start or stop medicines in people with IPF. However, people with IPF tell us that lung function tests require a lot of effort, can make them cough and feel very short of breath. About 1 in 5 people with IPF are unable to perform lung function results accurately. This might unfairly lead to some people with IPF not receiving the right medications or for their medications to be stopped too soon. Impulse oscillometry (iOS) uses sound waves to measure the stiffness of the lung, and has been used successfully in children who are unable to perform normal lung function tests. The overall aim of the research is to see whether changes in iOS measures can give useful information about the lungs in patients with IPF; for example, by judging the overall impact of the disease on the lungs, or predicting future deterioration. We will look at how iOS changes over time in patients with IPF, and to see whether these measurements can tell us about whether IPF is getting worse or predict important health events, such as hospital admission. We will compare change in iOS with changes in other tests used to monitor IPF and with patient reported ratings of change in their condition. This will help decide the amount of iOS change that is noticed and considered meaningful by people with IPF.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Healthy volunteers are participants who do not have a disease or condition, or related conditions or symptoms

Study Type

An interventional clinical study is where participants are assigned to receive one or more interventions (or no intervention) so that researchers can evaluate the effects of the interventions on biomedical or health-related outcomes.

An observational clinical study is where participants identified as belonging to study groups are assessed for biomedical or health outcomes.

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Eligible Ages 18 Years and Over
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis made by specialist multidisciplinary team according to international standards. 2. Able to provide written informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Contraindication to performing conventional lung function tests, e.g untreated TB, haemoptysis, pneumothorax, unstable cardiovascular status, recent eye, thoracic or abdominal surgery, thoracic, abdominal or cerebral aneurysm, acute illness (including diarrhoea and vomiting). 2. Unable to create seal on mouthpiece

Trial Details

Trial ID:

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Lead Sponsor

The sponsor is the organization or person who oversees the clinical study and is responsible for analyzing the study data.

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
Principal Investigator

The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.

Principal Investigator Affiliation N/A
Agency Class

Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.

Overall Status Recruiting
Countries United Kingdom

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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International Sites

Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals, London, Gb-lnd, United Kingdom




Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals

London, Gb-lnd, SW36NP

Site Contact

Suhani Patel


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