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The International COPD Coalition (ICC) is a nonprofit organization composed of COPD patient organizations around the world, working together to imporve the health and access to care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

ICC is proud of its ICC Column in the Journal of Thoracic Disease (JTD).

Together we reach out to COPD patients, other respiratory patients, caregivers, and pulmonary and other expert physicians in thoracic disease to provide the latest in state-of-the-art medicine and perspective.

You can access all the articles in JTD through this link: http://www.jthoracdis.com/.

JTD is unique among pulmonary and chest medicine journals.
It is edited by Dr. Guangqiao Zeng,
a respected physician with medical and surgical expertise, skills in multiple languages, and broad global experience in medical editorial superevision. Dr. Zen fostered the ICC participation in the ICC Column for JTD.

Under Dr. Zeng’s leadership, JTD’s readership has increased 8-fold in just the last 2 years.

It has rapidly been included in the major global citation and listing services. JTD’s citation level has increased exponentially!


ICC salutes JTD for its excellence in publishing clinically relevant articles and also in providing good communication between patients and their physicians.

Unlike US and European journals that restrict access to their content to those who pay and whose interests are not in patient outcomes, JTD is an open access journal and publishes articles that emphasize benefiting patients.

For example, the Chinese asthma guidelines of 2014 that will be published later in 2014 in JTD is a contrast to the Western asthma guidelines. The Chinese guidelines will lead to equal clinical control at much less cost the Western guidelines.

The editor-in-chief of JTD is the renowned world leader of lung disease science and care among lung disease physicians, Prof. Nan-Shan Zhong.



ICC Resources Available!

The International COPD Coalition has recently produced pocket guides on oxygen therapy and assisted ventilation for physicians and COPD patients, as well as a physician guide to pulse oximetry.
Click on the links to access these materials!



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