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Paul Blanc, MD, FCCP
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University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA

Correspondence to: Paul D. Blanc, MD, FCCP, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 350 Parnassus Ave, Suite 609, San Francisco, CA 94143-0924; e-mail: blancp@itsa.ucsf.edu Editor’s Note: Please visit http://www.chestnet.org/publications/17566/ for reanalysis of the data set upon which these publications were based.



Chest. 2000;118(2):564. doi:10.1378/chest.118.2.564
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To the Editor:

I am writing to you as first author of three articles,13 the most recent of which appeared in CHEST last year.,1After publication of that study, my research team and I became aware of a potential compromise in the quality of part of the data collected by the subject interviewer. Because of this, we initiated a formal review of this data set and of all previous data involving the interviewer in question. The data in question formed the basis of two other CHEST articles, the first a full-length article,2 and the second, an expanded abstract from the published proceedings of an Aspen Lung Conference.3 The formal data review process was carried out under the auspices of the University of California, San Francisco, following both internal University and external National Institutes of Health policies. The review committee was chaired by Dr. Dorothy Rice, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Health and Aging. I am writing now in conjunction with completion of that review and consistent with the review committee’s findings and recommendations, which were accepted on February 22, 2000, by the University of California, San Francisco.

The review confirmed that the interviewer had created some records that were duplicated or inconsistent in ways constituting clear misconduct in 75 of 1,710 interviews conducted in the studies involved; additional interviews contained fragmentary documentation, which could have compromised at least part of 449 cases. We have extensively reanalyzed the data sets in question, and have excluded compromised and potentially compromised records. The entire set of corrected data analyses, which found no substantial impact on the principal major findings and interpretation of the previously published papers, can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.chestnet.org/publications/17566/.

Because of the misconduct in question, my coauthors and I believe strongly that the scientific record should be corrected.

References

Blanc, PD, Eisner, MD, Israel, L, et al (1999) The association between occupation and asthma practice in general medical practice.Chest115,1259-1264. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Blanc, PD, Cisternas, M, Smith, S, et al Asthma, employment status, and disability among adults treated by pulmonary and allergy specialists.Chest1996;109,688-696. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Blanc, PD, Cisternas, M, Smith, S, et al Occupational asthma in a community-based survey of adult asthma [abstract].Chest1996;109,56S-57S. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 

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Blanc, PD, Eisner, MD, Israel, L, et al (1999) The association between occupation and asthma practice in general medical practice.Chest115,1259-1264. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Blanc, PD, Cisternas, M, Smith, S, et al Asthma, employment status, and disability among adults treated by pulmonary and allergy specialists.Chest1996;109,688-696. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Blanc, PD, Cisternas, M, Smith, S, et al Occupational asthma in a community-based survey of adult asthma [abstract].Chest1996;109,56S-57S. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
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