Bronchiectasis is one of the most neglected diseases in respiratory medicine. Currently there is no clear definition or classification of the condition and very little is known about its true prevalence or its impact on length and quality of life. There are no specifically licensed therapies and few specialist clinical services. Significant research is needed in order to improve the quality of care of patients with this condition.
There are clear research needs in order to develop an evidence base for understanding the pathophysiology of bronchiectasis. In clinical research, there is an urgent need to determine the optimal long-term therapies that maintain lung function and quality of life, and reduce exacerbations. The optimal treatment interventions for exacerbations also require further study.
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