Disease Areas


Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Diseases (DPLD) is a group of various rare lung diseases, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and sarcoidosis in adults and children. A commonly used synonym for DPLDs is Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILD). These disease entities are associated with high mortality and morbidity and a substantial reduction in the health-related quality of life. Additionally some of the disease entities have currently only unsatisfying treatment options.  Currently, is little evidence about disease management, healthcare service utilization and related costs of individuals with DPLD in Germany and in other European countries and the influence of DPLDs on health-related quality of life is hardly known.

Research questions and projects:

  • Comparing healthcare utilization and allocation in adults and children in different entities of DPLD in different European countries.
  • Analyzing cost of illness in Germany in adults and children suffering from DPLD, stratified by entity.
  • Analyzing health-related quality of life in adults with interstitial lung diseases, stratified by entity.

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