Road ahead to respiratory health: Experts chart future research directions
Article first published online: 11 MAR 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Volume 14, Issue 5, pages 625–636, July 2009
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HEFFNER, J. E., HOLGATE, S. T., CHUNG, K. F., NIEDERMAN, M. S., DALEY, C. L., JETT, J. R., STRADLING, J. R., WELLS, A. U., LIGHT, R. W., TAPSON, V. F., HANSELL, D. M., PROVONOST, P. J. and LEE, Y.C. G. (2009), Road ahead to respiratory health: Experts chart future research directions. Respirology, 14: 625–636. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2009.01484.x
- Issue published online: 16 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 11 MAR 2009
- Received 12 December 2008; accepted 17 December 2008.
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;
- lung cancer;
Respiratory illnesses are a huge and rising burden to health-care systems and societies worldwide. Research is crucial to tackle the enormous problem of chest diseases. However the vast number of research questions and available research approaches often creates confusion and risks dilution of resources by spreading them too diffusely. Clear research directions will help to use research funds efficiently to provide treatment advances that benefit patient care. This paper presents the visions of leading experts on future research directions, focusing on what should rather than what is going to be done. These opinions provide a guide for new investigators and a platform for intellectual debates through which coordinated research efforts can help progress towards respiratory health.