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Task Forces and CRCs

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) funds experts in lung health to:

We support patient engagement in Task Forces and CRCs and involve patients at different stages to ensure their voices and views are included.

Download a summary of our patient input process.

You can also suggest a topic for a Task force or CRC. Is there a specific topic or issue in the diagnosis, treatment or management of a lung condition that you think healthcare professionals and/or people with a lung condition across Europe need recommendations on, or to develop further research on?  To suggest a topic or for more information go to the online form. 

Examples of how we are, or have been involved in Task Forces and CRCs:

  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD)

    Patient input

  • Asthma

    Aim of Task Force

    To provide guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of severe asthma using the latest research and expertise from across Europe.

    Patient input

    People with the condition were invited to review the guidelines and give feedback. The feedback was reported to the Task Force and used to develop a public version of the guidelines. 

    Summary

    The public version of the guidelines is now available to download here in English, in Serbian and in Portuguese. Other language versions can be accessed by changing the language of the website at the top of the page.

    A factsheet of difficult-to-treat and severe asthma is also available.

    The full guidelines are published as a paper in the European Respiratory Journal and available on the ERS e-learning site.

     

  • Bronchiectasis

    EMBARC - European Multicentre Bronchiectasis Audit and Research Collaboration


    Patient Input

  • Bronchiectasis in children

    Aim of Task Force 

    To develop an international guideline on the management of bronchiectasis in childhood. 

    Patient Input

    • A patient/parent advisory group of people with experience of bronchiectasis in childhood has been formed with two representatives from the group attending all meetings of the Task Force. 
    • A multiligual survey to find out more about the challenges facing parents of children with bronchiectasis has been developed and was live in 2019. The survey findings will be fed into the work of the Task Force. 

    Summary

    The guideline will be published in an international respiratory journal in 2020.

  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)

    Aim of Task Force

    To develop a clinical practice guideline on the long term management of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). 

    Patient input

    Patient and parent representatives inputted into the activities of the Task force. 

    Summary

    The ERS guideline on long-term management of children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia was published in European Respiratory Journal in January 2020

     

  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET)

    Aim of Task Force

    To provide an ERS Statement on standardisation of Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) in Chronic Lung Diseases. 

    Patient input

    A survey was developed to find out more about the experiences of individuals with a lung condition who have undertaken CPET and the findings have been fed into the work of this Task Force.  A patient representative has also been involved as a member of the Task Force team.  

    Summary

    The ERS statement on standardisation of cardiopulmonary exercise testing in chronic lung diseases was published in the European Respiratory Review in December 2019. 

     

     

     

     

     
  • Children's interstitial lung disease (ChILD)

    Patient input

    A patient advisory group made up of parents of children with ChILD was formed to input into a range of projects including: 

     

  • Chronic cough

    Patient input

    A patient advisory group made up of people with chronic cough was formed to input into a range of projects including: 

     

  • COPD and physical activity

    Aim of Task Force

    To provide guidelines on physical activity for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by reviewing all the research on the topic.

    Patient input

    People with the condition were invited to review the guidelines and give feedback. The feedback was reported to the Task Force and will be used to develop a factsheet on topics covered in the guidelines.

    Summary

    A factsheet on topics covered in the guidelines is on the ELF website.

    The full guidelines are published as a paper in the European Respiratory Journal and available on the ERS e-learning site.

     
  • Telemonitoring in Home Mechanical Ventilation

    Aim of Task Force

    To analyse the current state of Home Mechanical Ventilation (HMV) services and agree a statement on standard procedures, equipment and facilities.  

    Patient Input

    To include the patients’ perspective on people's experiences of home mechanical ventiliation (HMV) and their recommendations for current and future practice, a small working group of patients was asked to contribute to the development of the survey. People affected by the condition were invited to share their experiences via an online survey. 

    The research from this survey was published in ERJ Open Research: Attitudes and preferences of home mechanical ventilation users from four European countries: an ERS/ELF survey  in 2017.

    Summary

    Tele-monitoring of ventilator-dependent patients: A European Respiratory Society Statement was published in European Respiratory Journal in 2016.

  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

    Aim of Task Force

    To review guidelines on IPF published in 2011, to include new research on treatments and include the patients’ perspective.

    Patient Input

    People with the condition and patient organisations were invited to give feedback via focus groups held across Europe.

    Summary

    The feedback will be included in the guideline document. When the full guidelines are published the public version will be put on the ELF website. 

    The full guidelines will be available on the ERS e-learning site.

     

  • Lung cancer

    Aim of Task Force 

    To produce a statement on various aspects of quality in thoracic oncology care.

    Patient Input

    The Patient Advisory Group brought together for the lung cancer Patient Priorities pilot project provided input to this Task Force and their views were incorporated into the final statement.

    Summary

    ERS Statement on harmonised standards for lung cancer registration and lung cancer services in Europe was published in the European Respiratory Journal in October 2018.  It highlights the need for a single dataset for use in pan-European data collection, as well as a manual of standards for European lung cancer services.

     

  • Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

    Patient Input

     

     

  • Primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP)

    Aim of Task Force 

    To improve the identification, treatment and recurrence of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) by developing European guidelines for healthcare professionals.

    Patient Input

    People with the condition were invited to review the guidelines and give feedback. The feedback was reported to the Task Force and used to develop a public version of the guidelines.  

    Summary

    factsheet on the topic has been produced and is available on the ELF website. 

    The ERS task force statement: diagnosis and treatment of primary spontaneous pneumothorax was published in European Respiratory Journal in 2015. 

     

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    Aim of Task Force

    To provide guidelines on pulmonary rehabilitation for people with lung diseases 

    Patient input 

    People with the condition were invited to review the guidelines and give feedback. The feedback was reported to the Task Force and used to develop a public version of the guidelines.

    Summary  

    The public version of the guidelines is now available to download. The full guidelines are published as a paper in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM) and available on the ERS e-learning site.

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation policy

    Aim of Task Force 

    To improve access to pulmonary rehabilitation services by developing an official policy statement on how pulmonary rehabilitation should be delivered worldwide. 

    Patient Input

    A small working group of patients were asked to contribute to the development of the survey. People affected by the condition were invited to share their experiences via an online survey.

    The survey findings were published in the European Respiratory Journal in 2015: The patient perspective on challenges to participating in pulmonary rehabilitation: An international web-based survey. 

    A poster discussion on the patients' feedback was given at ERS International Congress 2015, and a presentation at the Guideline International Network Conference 2015. 

    Summary

    The patient feedback is referenced in the guideline document. 

    The full guidelines are published as a paper in the American Thoracic Society Blue Journal and available on the ERS e-learning site.

  • Sarcoidosis

    Aim of Task Force

    To provide a guideline on sarcoidosis treatment. 

    Patient input

    Two members of the ELF sarcoidosis patient advisory group were nominated as members of the Task force working group.  A survey to individuals with sarcoidosis was disseminated across Europe to rate the importance of a range of treatment outcomes and the findings will be incorporated into the final Task force report.

    Summary

    The guideline is due to be published in 2020. 

    An article by the sarcoidosis patient advisory group: Sarcoidosis: patient treatment priorities was published in ERJ Open Research in December 2018 and highlights the findings of our patient survey, the findings of which will be reflected in the final guideline. 

  • Smoking with a lung condition

    Aim of Task Force

    To find out if being diagnosed with a lung condition changes the way that smokers think about smoking and trying to quit, what they think of different treatments, and how doctors and nurses talk to them about smoking.

    Patient input

    People with lung condition who smoke were invited to share their experiences via an online survey. 

    The research will be published in a medical journal in 2016.

    Summary

    A factsheet on the topic has been produced and is available on the ELF website. 

    The full guidelines were published as a paper in the  European Respiratory Journal in 2015 and available on the ERS e-learning site.