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Guidelines Panellists’ Conflict Of Interest Raises Concern

From the 13 October 2011 Medical News Today article

An investigation published on bmj.com today showed that members of guideline panels in the U.S. and Canada have a high prevalence of conflicts and high numbers of under-reporting conflicts of interest (COI).

The problem of incomplete disclosure is exposed in the investigation, which also underlines the crucial relationship between presence of COI and sponsorship guidelines.

For over 20 years the incidence of COI among industry and clinicians has been a concern for the medical profession.

Because freedom from bias is important, the development of clinical practical guidelines is one area of particular concern for the presence of COI.

Even though the majority of companies that create guidelines have adopted conflict on interest disclosure policies, they are not usually clear, and might not be enough to stop members of guideline panels bias from influencing recommendations. …

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October 15, 2011 - Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , , ,

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