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Cost-Effective Oxygen Therapy

STEPHEN D. ROBERTS, PH.D.
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Department of Medicine, Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, Indiana University School of Medicine; Indianapolis, Indiana


Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(3):499-500. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-93-3-499
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When the outcome of a clinical trial shows that one treatment increases survival over alternative therapies, the result may be expected to establish a new standard of medical practice, particularly if the trial involves multiple clinical sites with a large number of patients and is conducted by a prominent group of investigators. The trial of continuous versus nocturnal oxygen therapy in hypoxemic chronic obstructive lung disease, reported in this issue (1), may set such a standard of care. The study concludes that patients with hypoxemic chronic obstructive lung disease, particularly those with more severe derangements of lung and brain function

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