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POINT: Are the CHEST Guidelines Global in Coverage? YesCHEST Guidelines Are Global

Ian Nathanson, MD, FCCP; Daniel R. Ouellette, MD, FCCP
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Dr Nathanson is the Section Editor for Guidelines and Consensus Statements for CHEST. From the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Henry Ford Health Care System (Dr Ouellette).

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Ian Nathanson, MD, FCCP, 838 Lake Catherine Ct, Maitland, FL 32751; e-mail: inathanson@cfl.rr.com


FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The authors have reported to CHEST the following conflicts of interest: Dr Nathanson is a former Chair of the Guidelines Oversight Committee. Dr Ouellette is the current Chair of the Guidelines Oversight Committee. He received a research grant from Cardeas Pharma (Principal Investigator, all funds to institution) and has been an expert witness on the topic of venous thromboembolism.

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Chest. 2015;147(1):11-13. doi:10.1378/chest.14-2233
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The mission of the American College of Chest Physicians (now branded as CHEST) is “to champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication and research.” To achieve this, the Board of Regents outlined five goals in the Strategic Plan for 2013 to 2017, with goal two calling for “a wide array of new relevant and useful guidelines, standards, and complementary programs that continue to guide the profession especially during value based health-care reform.”1 We contend that CHEST evidence-based guidelines (EBGs), long recognized for high quality,2 are global because they focus on topics of global importance, use processes accepted by multinational societies, and include panels of international experts. In addition, support and assistance from CHEST helps countries around the world adapt CHEST EBGs to enhance the ability of local practitioners to implement them.

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