Column Editor: Yì Xiáng J. Wáng, Jiang Lin
The importance of quantitative imaging has been increasingly recognized both in clinical and research settings, motivated particularly by the growing need for individualized precision medicine. This focused issue of Journal of Thoracic Diseasehighlights current topics in the field of quantitative imaging addressing many common yet in the meantime debilitating diseases in the chest.
Past Column Editor: Lawrence Grouse
What is the core value of clinical service and medical research? It follows the most important rule that “patients come first.” And what on earth drives our aim and scope at Journal of Thoracic Disease (JTD)? It is the passion for patient benefits. In August 2012, JTD was endorsed by and has been collaborating with the International COPD Coalition (ICC) ever since. JTD’s ICC column is jointly elaborated by JTD and ICC as a regular column with the global efforts of COPD patient organizations, lung physicians and experts dealing with the global COPD epidemic. ICC column aims at exploring the protection of patients’ rights in clinical diagnosis and treatment through introducing the endeavor and achievement made internationally for COPD patient benefits. It concerns social issues with wide topics including the patients’ rights protection, reducing patients’ health care expenses, medical bribery, and the relationship between pharmaceutical industry development and patients’ rights, to name a few.
Column Editor: Zhongheng Zhang
Evidenced-Based Clinical Problem Solving is an approach to patient care that involves considering the best available research and practice guidelines associated with a specific clinical situation. The column of Evidenced-based clinical problem solving in JTD aims to provide a platform for the communication between researchers and clinicians.
Column Editor: Kassem Harris
The goal of this Interventional Pulmonology Corner (IP Corner) is to continuously provide the readers with most updated evidence and knowledge on interventional pulmonology. The IP Corner is dedicated to publishing articles related to minimally invasive thoracic procedures. This most particularly involves topics related to diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy, pleural procedures, and percutaneous tracheostomy.
Column Editor: Luca Bertolaccini
The goal of the special section on Statistic Corner in the Journal of Thoracic Disease is to en able readers to confront which statistical method to apply and when by conveying statistic al knowledge in the general strategies for the statistical analysis. Biostatistics is a growing topic of a continuous development of new techniques and the understanding of it is import ant to all Thoracic Surgeons, but what Thoracic Surgeons need is to take small doses of Bio statistics, ready to use, and absorbable in a few minutes. This is mainly why the readers of the Journal of Thoracic Disease may ask the Editors a Statistics Corner.