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American College of Chest Physicians to offer developing nations free access to medical journal

The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) announced today its partnership with the United Nation's Health InterNetwork to offer developing countries complimentary online access to CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the ACCP. The ACCP joins a group of 45 top medical journal publishers in the Health InterNetwork: Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) that provides free or low-cost access to more than 2000 scientific publications for over 1000 health and research institutions in the world's poorest countries.

"Developing countries have a great need for timely and accurate medical information, yet most are unable to afford access to the information. Practicing medicine without knowledge of current medical research can lead to ineffective treatment and possibly adverse outcomes," said A. Jay Block, MD, Master FCCP, Editor-in-Chief of CHEST. "By allowing health-care professionals in developing countries access to our cardiopulmonary and critical care journal, we are giving them the knowledge to make informed decisions about health-care procedures and practices and overall patient care."

The participation of the ACCP in HINARI will allow qualifying countries and institutions online access to CHEST, the world's leading cardiopulmonary and critical care journal. CHEST offers the latest clinical investigations in the multidisciplinary specialties of chest medicine, such as pulmonology, critical care, cardiology, thoracic surgery, transplantation, sleep and breathing, and airways disease.

"Respiratory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer have become a major burden for developing countries due to increasing tobacco use, occupational hazards, and environmental pollution," said Richard S. Irwin, MD, FCCP, President of the American College of Chest Physicians. "Through HINARI, the ACCP empowers medical professionals to improve the respiratory health of their societies and
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Contact: Jennifer Stawarz
jstawarz@chestnet.org
847-498-8306
American College of Chest Physicians
20-Jan-2004


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