Patient-centered research priorities for pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection an NTM research consortium workshop report

Emily Henkle, Timothy Aksamit, Alan Barker, Charles L. Daley, David Griffith, Philip Leitman, Amy Leitman, Elisha Malanga, Theodore K. Marras, Kenneth N. Olivier, D. Rebecca Prevots, Delia Prieto, Alexandra L. Quittner, William Skach, John W. Walsh, Kevin L. Winthrop

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Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) cause an increasingly important chronic and debilitating lung disease in older adults. Diagnosis is often delayed, although awareness among clinicians and patients is increasing.When necessary, treatment often lasts 18-24 months and consists of three or four antibiotics that can have serious side effects. Relapses are common and commonly require resumption of prolonged therapy. Given the need for improved diagnostic techniques and clinical trials to identify new therapies or to improve existing therapies, a group of North American clinicians and researchers formed the NTM Research Consortium (NTMRC) in 2014.TheNTMRCrecognized the importance of including the patient voice in determining research priorities for NTM. In November 2015, patients, caregivers, patient advocates, clinical experts, and researchers gathered for a 1-day meeting in Portland, Oregon funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The meeting goal was to define patient-centered research priorities forNTMlung infections. Patients expressed frustration with the number of people who have endured years of missed diagnoses or inadequate treatment of NTM. Participants identified as topresearch priorities the prevention ofNTM infection; approval of more effective treatments with fewer side effects and easier administration; understanding the best chest physiotherapy methods; validating and using tools to measure quality of life; and developing a disease-specific activity and severity assessment tool. Workshop participants agreed that two complementary objectives are critical to ensure the best achievable outcomes for patients: (1) additional clinician education to improve screening and diagnosis of NTMinfections; and (2) development of a geographically distributed network of experts in NTM disease to offer consultation or direct therapy after a diagnosis is made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S379-S384
JournalAnnals of the American Thoracic Society
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2016


  • Nontuberculous mycobacteria
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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