ICC Column

The unity of respiratory patient advocacy

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Dr. Baiardini and her colleagues have come to several important conclusions in their clinical review of the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) in the current issue of Journal of Thoracic Disease (JTD) (1). I would like to add one further conclusion that is a consequence of their observations.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc

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The Greeks and Romans recognized this fallacy in argument thousands of years ago. This faulty reasoning is the most common cause of false and misleading conclusions of research results that are presented as medical news. 

ICC collaboration with JTD

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The collaborations and the leadership of the Journal of Thoracic Disease in providing scientific evidence and perspective to the physicians of the world to benefit COPD patients have led ICC to endorse the Journal and to participate in providing a regular ICC column in the Journal with the global efforts of COPD patient organizations to work with lung physicians and experts to deal with the global COPD epidemic.

Health or wealth?

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Respiratory patients, like all people, want health. Their purpose in seeking health care through physicians and other health care practitioners is to secure their health.

Improving health care benefits by reducing costs

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I believe that many expensive forms of care such as emergency coverage, palliative therapies, end-of-life care, and long-term care would, in fact, increase the patients’ DALYs. Health care must be humane, regardless of the financial implications.

Physician bribes in the US and China

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The recent finding that employees of Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) provided funds to physicians in China to influence their prescribing has made this a topic of concern in China as well as in many other countries.