Treatment priorities for patients

Image of ERJ Open Research article on sarcoidosis treatment prioritiesA joint letter - Sarcoidosis: patient treatment priorities - highlights the findings of an international patient survey.

The survey asked people with sarcoidosis to rate the importance of different treatment outcomes: 1,842 people responded, with 'quality of life' and 'functionality' ranking as the two most highly-rated outcomes for treatment and care.

The letter also calls for:

  • The assessment of ability to work and the provision of supportive measures.
  • Clinicians to work in a multidisciplinary way to ensure a holistic approach.
  • For sarcoidosis specialist centres to be established in every country.

The letter was written by the ELF sarcoidosis patient advisory group and healthcare professionals working in the field. A poster on the survey's preliminary findings was presented at ERS International Congress 2018. Download poster as a PDF.

Patient compass

Patient journey

In 2020, a sarcoidosis patient journey was developed by the group as part of the activities of ERN-LUNG.

This journey represents the views of the patient community and was based on a report that sarcoidosis patient organisations identified as the most important priorities/issues for individuals with sarcoidosis in the areas of diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, education and communication.

We hope it will be used to inform clinicians about the needs of people with sarcoidosis at different stages of their journey.