Respiratory Care is the official science journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). It is published monthly, and is listed in Index Medicus and included in the Web of Science. Its contents are searchable via PubMed, Google Scholar, and other search engines.
In continuous publication since 1956, Respiratory Care is edited by Dean R Hess PhD RRT FAARC of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The Journal’s editorial office is in Irving, Texas. The Editor is assisted by Deputy Editor Richard D Branson MSc RRT FAARC, Managing Editor Ray Masferrer RRT FAARC, Assistant Editor Sara Moore, and Editorial Assistant Gail S Drescher MA RRT. The Associate Editors and an Editorial Board include respiratory therapists, physicians, physiologists, and others involved in the field.
Respiratory Care deals with the subject area of the same name, and thus publishes articles pertaining to disorders affecting the cardiorespiratory system, including their pathogenesis, pathophysiology, manifestations, diagnostic assessment, monitoring, prevention, and management. Because the practice of respiratory care prominently involves equipment and devices, the development, evaluation, and use of these things feature prominently in what the Journal publishes. However, as indicated by the word “care” in its name, the Journal also emphasizes the patient, and on improving all aspects of the care of individuals affected by respiratory disease.
The Journal sponsors the Open Forum, held each year as part of the AARC’s annual International Respiratory Congress. Abstracts of research studies and case reports accepted for presentation are published in Respiratory Care. At the Open Forum, these abstracts are presented in the form of posters, grouped by subject, and discussed in a symposia setting. Authors of research projects presented at the Open Forum are encouraged to submit full-length manuscripts to Respiratory Care.