Toward Self-management in ILD

Study Purpose

Treating and caring for people with long term conditions accounts for a substantial proportion of health care resources. Self-management is advocated as a mechanism that can empower service users with long term conditions to choose healthier options and also transform the relationship between service user and caregivers from one in which the former is a passive recipient of care to one in which they are an active partner in decision-making. Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is one such long term condition. Patients with ILD often express concern about the lack of information on possible rehabilitation programmes and other services that could potentially improve self-management of the disease. In addition, there is a general perception about a lack of co-ordination between health care professionals especially in relation to referral to services for comprehensive management of the disease. Therefore, the needs of patients with ILD and their carers, and possible gaps in service provision need to be explored further. In this study, the investigators propose to explore the needs of ILD patients from all types of ILD and all stages of severity and to also involve carers and clinicians. The investigators will conduct three focus groups for patients and carers and six one-to-one interviews with clinicians to explore perceptions about service gaps and needs in two ILD centres in South and North London, UK. This study will provide valuable information to develop the building blocks of a self-management resource and will enable the investigators to make it specific to the different types of ILD.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Healthy volunteers are participants who do not have a disease or condition, or related conditions or symptoms

Study Type

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Eligible Ages 18 Years and Over
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria


Inclusion Criteria:

- Diagnosed with Interstitial Lung disease (all types apart from sarcoidosis) - Age >18 years - At least one consultation with a health care professional

Exclusion Criteria:

- Diagnosed with sarcoidosis - Unable to communicate in English - Severity of condition and commodities preventing participation CAREGIVERS

Inclusion Criteria:

- Currently caring for a participant with ILD

Exclusion Criteria:

- Unable to communicate in English CLINICIANS:

Inclusion Criteria:

- Involved in the clinical management and treatment of ILD patients

Exclusion Criteria:

- Health care professionals not directly involved in management or treatment of ILD patients

Trial Details

Trial ID:

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Lead Sponsor

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Kingston University
Principal Investigator

The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.

Dimitra Nikoletou, PhD
Principal Investigator Affiliation Kingston University and St George's University of London- Joint Faculty- Health, Social care and Education
Agency Class

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Overall Status Recruiting
Countries United Kingdom

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Interstitial Lung Disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Connective Tissue Related ILD, Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, Fibrotic Lung Disease
Arms & Interventions


: ILD patients

Patients from all types of ILD who are under the care of the two collaborating hospitals.

: Family/Carers

Family and carers of patients with ILD who are or have been treated in the two collaborating hospitals.

: Clinicians

Clinicians from the two collaborating hospitals and GPs from the nearby areas who treat and refer patients with ILD.


Behavioral: - Focus groups

Focus group discussion led by the PI and facilitated by another researcher.

Behavioral: - Semi-structured interviews

1:1 semi-structured interviews led by the PI

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International Sites

St George's Hospital London, London, United Kingdom




St George's Hospital London

London, , SW17 ORE

Site Contact

Raminder Aul, MD

+44 208 725 2277

University College Hospital, London, United Kingdom


Not yet recruiting


University College Hospital

London, ,

Site Contact

Melissa Heightman, MD

+44 208 725 2277

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