Cystic fibrosis foundation: achieving the mission

Respir Care. 2009 Jun;54(6):788-95; discussion 795. doi: 10.4187/002013209790983223.


The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a voluntary, nonprofit, health organization whose mission is "to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease." While substantial progress has been made, as evidenced by a marked increase in the median predicted age of survival, much work remains to be done. Ongoing medical programs and activities of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which span basic science, drug discovery, drug development, clinical care, patient education, and advocacy, will be described in this article. The key role of respiratory therapists in the cystic fibrosis community will be highlighted.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cystic Fibrosis / therapy*
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / methods*
  • Foundations / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • United States