J Cyst Fibros 2019 Apr 16. Epub 2019 Apr 16.
Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
Referral for lung transplantation is a complex process that typically begins with a discussion in cystic fibrosis (CF) clinic. We performed a secondary analysis of interviews conducted at the University of Washington CF Clinic as part of a study of unmet palliative care needs, June 2015 - January 2016, among adults with moderate-to-severe CF-related lung disease. Content analysis methods were used to identify themes related to discussion of lung transplant in CF clinic. Thirty-two of 48 interviews (67%) addressed transplant. An individual's willingness to discuss transplant was not necessarily related to the degree of lung function impairment. Patients reported reliance on CF physicians as a source of accurate information about transplant. Individuals with CF sometimes reported feeling too old or not worthy of transplant. Many had apprehensive or ambivalent feelings towards transplant. Patient-identified barriers and facilitators to lung transplant discussions can inform physicians as they discuss transplant in CF clinic.