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Kreuter, M.; Ochmann, Uta ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0003-3454-9691; Koschel, D.; Behr, Jürgen ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9151-4829; Bonellas, F.; Claussen, M.; Costabels, U.; Jungmann, S.; Kolb, M.; Nowak, Dennis ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7871-8686; Petermann, F.; Pfeiffer, M.; Polke, M.; Prasse, A.; Schreiber, J.; Waelscher, J.; Wirtz, H. and Kirsten, D. (2018): Patientenfragebogen zur Erfassung der Ursachen interstitieller und seltener Lungenerkrankungen – klinische Sektion der DGP. In: Pneumologie, Vol. 72, No. 6: pp. 446-457

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Background Interstitial lung diseases (ILD) encompass different heterogeneous, mainly chronic diseases of the pulmonary interstitium and/or alveoli with known and unknown reasons. The diagnostic of ILD is challenging and should be performed interdisciplinary. The medical history is of major importance and therefore, in German-speaking countries the Frankfurter Bogen (published in 1985) was utilised to scrutinise the medical history of the patient. This by now more than 30-years-old questionnaire requires a revision with regard to content and language. Method Under the auspices of the clinical section of the DGP the new Interstitial Lung Disease Patient Questionnaire was developed in collaboration amongst pulmonologist, occupational medicine physicians and psychologists and supported by patient support groups. The questionnaire was finally optimised linguistically with the help of patients. Results The newly developed patient questionnaire for interstitial and rare lung diseases encompasses different domains: initial and current symptoms, medical history questions including prior drug treatments, previous pulmonary and extrapulmonary diseases, potential exposition at home, work and leisure time as well as family history and travelling. Conclusion The newly developed questionnaire can facilitate the diagnosis in patients with suspicion on interstitial lung disease in clinical routine.

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