Design of a Study Assessing Disease Behaviour During the Peri-Diagnostic Period in Patients with Interstitial Lung Disease: The STARLINER Study

Adv Ther. 2019 Jan;36(1):232-243. doi: 10.1007/s12325-018-0845-3. Epub 2018 Nov 30.


Background/objectives: This study will aim to characterise disease behaviour during the peri-diagnostic period in patients with suspected interstitial lung disease (ILD), including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), using daily home spirometry and accelerometry. Additionally, this study will aim to increase collaboration between secondary and tertiary centres using a digital collaboration platform.

Methods: The STARLINER study (NCT03261037) will enrol approximately 180 symptomatic patients aged 50 years or more with radiological evidence of ILD/IPF from community and tertiary centres in Canada and Europe. Approximately two-thirds of sites will be community centres. Patients will be followed during pre-diagnosis (inclusion to diagnosis; up to a maximum of 12 months) and post-diagnosis (diagnosis to treatment initiation; up to a maximum of 6 months). The study will be facilitated by a digital ecosystem consisting of the devices used for home-based assessments and a digital collaboration platform enabling communication between community and tertiary centres, and between clinicians and patients.

Planned outcomes: The primary endpoint will be time-adjusted semi-annual change in forced vital capacity (FVC; in millilitres) during the peri-diagnostic period. Physical functional capacity and patient-reported outcomes (PROs) will also be assessed. FVC and physical functional capacity will be measured using daily home spirometry and accelerometry, and at site visits using spirometry and the 6-min walk test. PROs will be assessed prior to, or during, site visits and will always be completed in the same order.

Conclusions: Findings from this study may help to facilitate the early and accurate diagnosis of ILDs by increasing knowledge about disease progression, enabling collaboration between community and tertiary centres and improving communication between clinicians and patients.

Trial registration number: NCT03261037.

Funding: F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd., Basel, Switzerland. Plain language summary available for this article.

Keywords: Digital ecosystem; Disease behaviour; Home-based assessment; Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; Interstitial lung disease; Pulmonary/respiratory; Virtual multidisciplinary team.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Canada
  • Disease Progression
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis / diagnosis
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis / psychology
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / diagnosis*
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / psychology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic*
  • Switzerland
  • Vital Capacity

Associated data

  • figshare/10.6084/m9.figshare.7358393