American Thoracic Society Provides Patient Information on Occupational Lung Diseases
The American Thoracic Society (ATS) is a non-profit “medical association dedicated to advancing our clinical and scientific understanding of pulmonary diseases, critical illnesses and sleep-related breathing disorders.” The mission of the ATS is achieved through research, education, patient care and advocacy.
One of their primary goals is the education of the medical community as well as the general public. Their website contains a vast amount of information pertinent to patients, caregivers and others seeking respiratory information.
The brochures offered to the public contain information presented in clear, straightforward language covering both scientific and medical terms. Specifically, their patient education topics include general fact sheets on lung diseases as well as literature covering asbestos-related diseases, COPD, child care, and critical care.
With over 15,000 world-wide members and an annual operating budget of $25 million, ATS supports programs in the United States and around the globe to secure funds for basic and clinical research, establish TB and tobacco control policies, support the Clean Air Act, and to lobby for appropriate Medicare reimbursements for physicians.