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The Respiratory Therapist's Critical Role in Cystic Fibrosis Management

Ultimately, the patient is in control

Ultimately, the patient is in control

Living with CF and experimenting with several types of therapies can be overwhelming. Yet, by working with your respiratory therapist, you can learn from one another and uncover the right type of treatment plan for you. Your treatment plan is unique to your age, health status, medical history, as well as goals. From there, you can learn how to manage it successfully on a day-to-day basis. Successful management of a CF everyday routine involves knowing when to take your medications, knowing what type of medical equipment can help clear your airways, knowing how to avoid contracting germs, knowing what type of a diet to follow, as well as knowing what type of exercise program to implement. While your respiratory therapist is a crucial member of your CF care team and he or she guides you in your medical care, ultimately, you are the one who is in control of your health. That being said, you are the expert in your daily management with CF.