Top Cited Articles

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


Role of atmospheric pollution on the natural history of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Lucile Sese, Hilario Nunes, Vincent Cottin, et al.

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

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.

Delayed neutrophil apoptosis enhances NET formation in cystic fibrosis
Robert D. Gray, Gareth Hardisty, Kate H. Regan, et al.

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.

British Thoracic Society Guideline for the investigation and management of malignant pleural mesothelioma
Ian Woolhouse, Lesley Bishop, Liz Darlison, et al.

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.

Polysomnographic phenotypes and their cardiovascular implications in obstructive sleep apnoea
Andrey V. Zinchuk, Sangchoon Jeon, Brian B. Koo, et al.

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

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


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.

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

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.

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.

Nintedanib in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and preserved lung volume
Martin Kolb, Luca Richeldi, Juergen Behr, et al.

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

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

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.

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.

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


Blood eosinophils and inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting beta-2 agonist efficacy in COPD
Ian D. Pavord, Sally Lettis, Nicolas Locantore, et al.

US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and European Cystic Fibrosis Society consensus recommendations for the management of non-tuberculous mycobacteria in individuals with cystic fibrosis
Andres Floto, Kenneth N. Olivier, Lisa Saiman, et al.

Comorbidity in severe asthma requiring systemic corticosteroid therapy: cross-sectional data from the Optimum Patient Care Research Database and the British Thoracic Difficult Asthma Registry
Joan Sweeney, Chris C. Patterson,Andrew Menzies-Gow, et al.

UK Lung Cancer RCT Pilot Screening Trial: baseline findings from the screening arm provide evidence for the potential implementation of lung cancer screening
K. Field, S. W. Duffy, D. R. Baldwin, et al.

Physical frailty and pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD: a prospective cohort study
Matthew Maddocks, Samantha S. C. Kon, Jane L. Canavan, et al.

International Committee on Mental Health in Cystic Fibrosis: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and European Cystic Fibrosis Society consensus statements for screening and treating depression and anxiety
Alexandra L. Quittner, Janice Abbott, Anna M. Georgiopoulos, on behalf of the International Committee on Mental Health, et al.

US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and European Cystic Fibrosis Society consensus recommendations for the management of non-tuberculous mycobacteria in individuals with cystic fibrosis: executive summary
Andres Floto, Kenneth N. Olivier, Lisa Saiman, et al.

Multidimensional severity assessment in bronchiectasis: an analysis of seven European cohorts
J. McDonnell, S. Aliberti, P. C. Goeminne, et al.

Cherry-flavoured electronic cigarettes expose users to the inhalation irritant, benzaldehyde
Leon Kosmider, Andrzej Sobczak, Adam Prokopowicz, et al.

Interobserver agreement for the ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT criteria for a UIP pattern on CT
Simon L. F. Walsh, Lucio Calandriello, Nicola Sverzellati, on behalf of The UIP Observer Consort, et al.