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The demographics of adverse outcomes in cystic fibrosis

McGarry, M. E.; Williams, W. A., 2nd; McColley, S. A.

Pediatr Pulmonol. 2019 Nov 13; 54 Suppl 3(Suppl 3):S74-s83

Abstract

Understanding variability in cystic fibrosis (CF) health outcomes requires an understanding of factors that go far beyond Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Receptor (CFTR) function caused by different gene mutations. Social and environmental factors that influence health have a significant influence on the trajectory of health in CF and in other chronic diseases. In this article, we review demographic factors associated with poorer health outcomes in CF, known and postulated biological mechanisms of these outcomes, and interventions that healthcare teams can implement that may reduce outcome disparities.

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