15181 - Conflict of interest: journals, guidelines, and...

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Conflict of interest: journals, guidelines, and specialist societies Richard Smith Editor, BMJ Rome October 2001
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Rome (you) and Scotland (me) The native Caledonians preserved in the Northern extremity of the island their wild independence, for which they were not less indebted to their poverty than to their valour. Their incursions were frequently repelled and chastised, but their country was never subdued. The masters of the fairest and most wealthy climates of the globe turned with contempt from gloomy hills assailed by the winter tempest, from lakes concealed in blue mist, and from cold and lonely heaths over which the deer of the forest were chased by a troop of naked barbarians. Edward Gibbon
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What I want to talk about What is conflict of interest? How common is it? Does it matter? Conflict of interest and journals Conflict of interest and guidelines Conflict of interest and societies How to respond?
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What is conflict of interest? Conflict of interest is a set of conditions in which professional judgement concerning a primary interest (such as patients' welfare or the validity of research) tends to be unduly influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain). Thompson DF. Understanding financial conflicts of interest. N Engl J Med 1993; 329: 573-576
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What is conflict of interest? Conflict of interest is a condition not a behaviour .
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Do you have a conflict of interest? 1. Have you in the past five years accepted the following from an organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the results of your study or the conclusions of your review, editorial, or letter: ______ Reimbursement for attending a symposium? ______ A fee for speaking? ______ A fee for organising education? ______ Funds for research? ______ Funds for a member of staff? ______ Fees for consulting?
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Do you have a conflict of interest? 2. Have you in the past five years been employed by an organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the results of your study or the conclusions of your review, editorial, or letter? 3. Do you hold any stocks or shares in an organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the results of your study or the conclusions of your review, editorial, or letter? 4. Do you have any other competing financial interests? If so, please specify.
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Competing interest statement Competing interests: RS has been reimbursed by Shangri La Products, the manufacturer of elysium, for attending several conferences; TD has been paid by Shangri La Products for running educational programmes and has her research registrar paid for by the company; JS has shares in the company.
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Do you have a conflict of interest? We are restricting ourselves to asking directly
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