Top Cited Articles

To celebrate another year of high quality, cutting edge content published in Thorax, we have shortlisted the most cited papers of the past 3 years. These articles have all been made free to access as a thank you to our authors and readers.

2019

Implementing lung cancer screening: baseline results from a community-based ‘Lung Health Check’ pilot in deprived areas of Manchester
Crosbie, Phil A.; Balata, Haval; Evison, Matthew, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-211377

Therapeutic effects of human mesenchymal stem cell microvesicles in an ex vivo perfused human lung injured with severe E-coli pneumonia
Park, Jeonghyun; Kim, Seonguk; Lim, Hyungsun; et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-211576

Vitamin D to prevent exacerbations of COPD: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data from randomised controlled trials
Jolliffe, David A.; Greenberg, Lauren; Hooper, Richard L.; et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-212092

Effect of childhood pneumococcal conjugate vaccination on invasive disease in older adults of 10 European countries: implications for adult vaccination 
Hanquet, Germaine; Krizova, Pavla; Valentiner-Branth, Palle; et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-211767

Holistic services for people with advanced disease and chronic breathlessness: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Brighton, Lisa Jane; Miller, Sophie; Farquhar, Morag; et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-211589

Sputum exosomes: promising biomarkers for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis 
Njock, Makon-Sebastien; Guiot, Julien; Henket, Monique A.; et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-211897

Patient outcomes from time of listing for lung transplantation in the UK: are there disease-specific differences?
Kourliouros, Antonios; Hogg, Rachel; Mehew, Jenny; et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-211731

Effects of mindfulness training programmes delivered by a self-directed mobile app and by telephone compared with an education programme for survivors of critical illness: a pilot randomised clinical trial 
Cox, Christopher E.; Hough, Catherine L.; Jones, Derek M.; et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-211264

Long-term quality-adjusted survival following therapeutic bronchoscopy for malignant central airway obstruction
Ong, Philip; Grosu, Horiana B.; Debiane, Labib; et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-211521

Patterns of breathlessness and associated consulting behaviour: results of an online survey
Elbehairy, Amany F.; Quint, Jennifer K.; Rogers, Judith; et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-212950

2018

Role of atmospheric pollution on the natural history of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Lucile Sese, Hilario Nunes, Vincent Cottin, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-209967

Using hyperpolarized Xe-129 MRI to quantify regional gas transfer in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Jennifer M. Wang, Scott H. Robertson, Ziyi Wang, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-210070

Does training respiratory physicians in clinical respiratory physiology and interpretation of pulmonary function tests improve core knowledge?
M Patout, L Sese, T Gille, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209136

Delayed neutrophil apoptosis enhances NET formation in cystic fibrosis
Robert D. Gray, Gareth Hardisty, Kate H. Regan, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-210134

Intensive versus standard physical rehabilitation therapy in the critically ill (EPICC): a multicentre, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial
Stephen E. Wright, Kirsty Thomas, Gillian Watson, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209858

British Thoracic Society Guideline for the investigation and management of malignant pleural mesothelioma
Ian Woolhouse, Lesley Bishop, Liz Darlison, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-211321

The top 10 research priorities in cystic fibrosis developed by a partnership between people with CF and healthcare providers
Nicola J. Rowbotham, Sherie Smith, Paul A. Leighton, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-210473

Polysomnographic phenotypes and their cardiovascular implications in obstructive sleep apnoea
Andrey V. Zinchuk, Sangchoon Jeon, Brian B. Koo, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-210431

Lung function response and side effects to rapamycin for lymphangioleiomyomatosis: a prospective national cohort study
Janet Bee, Sharon Fuller, Suzanne Miller, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-210872

One evidence base; three stories: do opioids relieve chronic breathlessness?
Magnus Ekstrom, Sabrina Bajwah, J. Martin Bland, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209868

2017

Chest electrical impedance tomography examination, data analysis, terminology, clinical use and recommendations: consensus statement of the TRanslational EIT developmeNt stuDy group
Inéz Frerichs, Marcelo B. P. Amato, Anton H. van Kaam, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-208357

British Thoracic Society guidelines for the management of non-tuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease (NTM-PD)
Charles S. Haworth, John Banks, Toby Capstick, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-210927

Physical activity is increased by a 12-week semiautomated telecoaching programme in patients with COPD: a multicentre randomised controlled trial
H. Demeyer, Z. Louvaris, A. Frei, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209026

Final screening round of the NELSON lung cancer screening trial: the effect of a 2.5-year screening interval
Uraujh Yousaf-Khan, Carlijn van der Aalst, Pim A. de Jong, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-208655

Nintedanib in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and preserved lung volume
Martin Kolb, Luca Richeldi, Juergen Behr, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-208710

Home-based rehabilitation for COPD using minimal resources: a randomised, controlled equivalence trial
Anne E. Holland, Ajay Mahal, Catherine J. Hill, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-208514

BTS guideline for oxygen use in adults in healthcare and emergency settings
R. O’Driscoll, L. S. Howard, J. Earis, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209729

The use of pretest probability increases the value of high-resolution CT in diagnosing usual interstitial pneumonia
Robert Brownell, Teng Moua, Travis S. Henry, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209671

A prospective, observational cohort study of the seasonal dynamics of airway pathogens in the aetiology of exacerbations in COPD
Tom M. A. Wilkinson, Emmanuel Aris, Simon Bourne, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209023

Mortality, survival and incidence rates in the ITALUNG randomised lung cancer screening trial
Eugenio Paci, Donella Puliti, Andrea Lopes Pegna, et al.
10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209825