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Point: Should Storefront Clinics Provide Case Finding and Chronic Care for COPD? YesStorefront Clinics for COPD? Yes

Paul Enright, MD; William Nevin, MD, FCCP
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From the University of Arizona (retired) (Dr Enright); and Pulmonary Associates of Southern Arizona (Dr Nevin).

Correspondence to: Paul Enright, MD, PO Box 675, Mount Lemmon, AZ 85619; e-mail: lungguy@gmail.com


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians. See online for more details.


Chest. 2014;145(6):1191-1193. doi:10.1378/chest.13-2860
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Thousands of storefront clinics (SFCs), often located in nationwide pharmacy chains, have already become popular in the United States for health screenings, treatment of acute illness (cold, bronchitis, influenza, sinusitis, etc), and management of common chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and osteoarthritis.1 Some SFCs are adding asthma and COPD to their menu of services. Access to these retail walk-in clinics is more convenient and less expensive to the patient compared with traditional primary care and specialist offices. Another advantage is that the nurse practitioners and physician assistants who provide care at SFCs are more likely to adhere closely to published clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for both the acute and the chronic phases of these conditions.

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