The benefits of research into chILD will help to:
- Increase recognition of chILD by doctors in the community and the more information known about a disease, the faster a diagnosis is made.
- Inform the development of targeted treatments for chILD.
Establishing a patient registry (data collected from patients across multiple centres) is an effective method of collecting information about these conditions.
Clinical research trials into two of the most commonly used medications - Hydroxychloroquine and Prednisolone - have been approved.
This research will aim to provide evidence for:
- In which types of chILD, these medications could be used, by analysing the benefits and side effects.
- When is the best time to start using these medications and when to stop.
- The trial on Hydroxychloroquine is ongoing in Germany and will be expanded soon to Poland, Austria, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
- The trial on Prednisolone (in hypersensitivity pneumonitis) was started in Germany, however had to be suspended due to lack of resources from grants (see chILD-EU website).