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Abstracts for Professional Meetings: Small But Mighty

MaryAnn Foote, PhD
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*From MA Foote Associates, Westlake Village, CA.

Correspondence to: MaryAnn Foote, PhD; e-mail: fmawriter@aol.com


The author has reported to the ACCP that no significant conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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Chest. 2008;134(5):1103-1105. doi:10.1378/chest.08-1589
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The scientific method begins with an observation and ends with the dissemination of results. While a manuscript published in a peer-reviewed journal is the usual and most-preferred method of dissemination of study results, early data from a pivotal clinical trial may be presented in abstract form at a professional meeting (or congress). A meeting abstract may be used to increase awareness of ongoing clinical trials with new products, or it may be used to report important safety or efficacy findings.

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