Cystic fibrosis (CF) registries work by bringing patient data together from specialist CF centres and accumulating data on a relatively rare condition over patients' lifetimes. In this review, we examine the origin of national CF registries, the use of registries for monitoring the health of the population, the power of conducting longitudinal analysis of registry data, knowledge gleaned from changing demographics, the evolving area of international comparisons of registries, strategies for sustaining registries and CF registries of the future. Examples of research undertaken using registry data and routinely reported CF registry statistics from across the world are provided. The application, utility and challenges facing CF registries in the future are discussed.
Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Epidemiology; Patient registry; Registries.
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