To help combat late-stage diagnoses, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation recently commissioned its first national survey of PF awareness among US citizens.* The survey aimed to determine the extent of disease awareness and behavioral response to symptoms.
What They Did
Between January 9 and January 10 of 2020, a total of 2,013 US adults completed a series of online questions administered by the independent market research firm Atomik Research. The survey had a small margin of error (+/- 2%) and a high level of confidence.
What They Found
Despite 50,000 new cases diagnosed each year, the survey revealed an “alarmingly low” level of PF awareness, particularly regarding disease symptoms.
Grouped into four categories, overall findings were as follows:
In a press release, PFF president and CEO William Schmidt said:
“Awareness of PF and its symptoms remains very low, and for many, the first time they hear of it is when they are diagnosed. Improving understanding of this disease can help drive earlier diagnoses and encourage support for needed research, so that we can ultimately find a cure for PF.”
Read the full survey report for more information.
*Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. National Awareness Survey 2020.
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