Top Cited Articles

To celebrate another year of high quality content published in Thorax, we have collected together the most cited papers of the past 3 years. These articles have all been made free to access.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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


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.