A new survey of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients and caregivers reveals a lack of understanding of the disease and a significant emotional burden experienced by patients.

According to the survey, which included 100 self-reported patients and 100 caregivers, after receiving a diagnosis, approximately three-quarters of patients (73%) and caregivers (82%) did not understand the emotional toll IPF would have on them.

Nearly seven out of 10 (69%) patients who use supplemental oxygen were embarrassed about being seen with their equipment.

Read more key findings of the survey at www.prnewswire.com