As a CF Care Center accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, we are committed to providing the highest quality of specialized care to adults with cystic fibrosis. In addition to doctors, you have access to nutritionists, social workers, respiratory therapists and physical therapists during your clinic appointment. An RN will help coordinate these appointments to make the most of your time.
Because digestive problems are common in people with cystic fibrosis, your cystic fibrosis care includes a nutritional assessment and counseling from a dietician with expertise in cystic fibrosis. Our nutritionist will help you design an eating plan to ensure proper nutrition and improve your overall health. If you have pancreatic insufficiency, we will work with you to come up with the appropriate pancreatic enzyme replacement regimen to make sure you absorb the nutrients you eat.
When needed, our physical therapists will work with you to develop a customized exercise plan that improves your breathing and lung function, and optimizes your posture. This can include teaching you breathing and exercise techniques that help open your airways and increase mobility in your muscles and joints.
Our clinic’s respiratory therapists provide guidance on airway clearance and breathing treatment techniques. You can meet with them on an annual basis to ensure you are doing your breathing techniques effectively, and learn ways to optimize them for better health.
Mental Health Counseling
Living with a chronic disease can be stressful. In addition to screening for depression and anxiety, our licensed clinical social worker also serves as mental health coordinator and can provide counseling and resources.
Legal and Advocacy Resources
As a person living with cystic fibrosis, you have rights regarding employment and insurance coverage. Duke social workers help you understand these rights and learn about grants and other resources to offset treatment costs.