Should we ignore industry-funded research in clinical medicine?

A quick update to explain our most recent editorial [pdf] on evidence-based medicine published in the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research. It's free for anyone to access. What do we know? Industry funded research does not always lead to biases that are detrimental to the quality of clinical evidence, and biased research may come about for many … Continue reading Should we ignore industry-funded research in clinical medicine?

Financial conflicts of interest in guidelines

A new study published in the BMJ shows the prevalence of financial conflicts of interest in the panel members producing clinical guidelines. For consumers of healthcare delivery (that means everyone), I think it is valuable to know that doctors get their information from guidelines, and about half of the people developing those guidelines have financially-based … Continue reading Financial conflicts of interest in guidelines

Measuring only skin deep conflicts of interest won’t help

Conflicts of Interest in Cardiovascular Clinical Practice Guidelines In the most recent issue of Archives, a group of US researchers have analysed the cardiovascular clinical practice guidelines on which clinicians rely to make informed decisions about how best to treat patients. Conflicts of interest are contentious in this area because they are known to influence … Continue reading Measuring only skin deep conflicts of interest won’t help