CFHealthHub Data Observatory
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) affects 10000 people in the UK. The lungs of people with CF (PWCF) are prone to infections and require daily medication to stay healthy. Average adherence to medication has shown to be only 36%. Poor adherence is associated with poor clinical outcomes including distressing unscheduled hospitalisations. Previous research has been undertaken to design a website (CFHealthhub) which records personal adherence data using chipped nebulisers and understand whether this can build successful treatment habits.
In the current project we will develop CFHealthHub as a data observatory which will record adherence data and other indicators of health and patient care held in patient notes. The purpose of this is two- fold; to support local and national Quality Improvement (QI) projects aiming to improve an individual’s adherence to treatment and the quality of care delivered by the CF centre. Secondly, collecting adherence data from a large number of PWCF may support future research studies whereby CFHealthHub is used as a source of participants and data.
We aim to recruit PWCF who use chipped nebulisers from 4 CF centres across in England. PWCF will be consented to 1) share their identifiable data with their local CF team 2) share data, from which they cannot be identified, with all CF centres in the study 3) share data, from which they cannot be identified, in future research studies which result in no changes to their care and 4) share data to be included for selection to future studies which may result in changes to care, such as testing new treatments.
Consent in any combination can be provided and withdrawn at any time. Participants who consent to 'selection' for future studies will also be provided with information specific to the new study and the opportunity to decline participation, if selected from the data observatory.