Background: The daily treatment regimen for an individual with cystic fibrosis (CF) can take more than 2 h to complete, and chronic treatment adherence rates are low. Developing partnerships between CF clinical researchers and the CF community is essential in developing acceptable, feasible, and effective strategies to improve self-management and adherence. Methods: The Success with Therapies Research Consortium (STRC) was formed as a multi-center US collaborative to conduct rigorous research studies of adherence to CF treatments. A multidisciplinary team of researchers from 15 sites, collaborating with members of the CF community, is charged with developing, implementing, and disseminating real-world, patient-centered interventions for people living with CF. Results: Since 2014, the STRC has conducted 8 studies. The CF community, people with CF (pwCF), and caregivers have come to serve in multiple valuable capacities on the STRC, including as members of the Steering Committee and Co-Principal Investigators. Additionally, while people with CF are irreplaceable participants in STRC studies, their influence, and that of their families and healthcare professionals, extends beyond the traditional research participant role. Conclusions: Engaging broadly with the CF community is the optimal model for developing interventions to support those living with CF in sustaining daily care. Input and direct involvement from people with CF, their families, and their caregivers has enabled the STRC to advance its mission through innovative clinical research approaches.
- Cystic fibrosis