Reader Poll: Should Clinical Guidelines Include Financial Disclosures?

July 08, 2016

A recent study found that professional medical organizations that release clinical guidelines often do not disclose their own financial ties with biomedical companies.

Only 1% of guidelines included conflict of interest disclosures while 63% of organizations had received biomedical industry funds. Also, the study revealed that the more rigorous an organization’s reporting of their own conflicts of interest, the less they included positive recommendations for biomedical products mentioned in their guidelines.

The Institute of Medicine Committee on Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education and Practice recommends organizations disclose all direct and indirect funding sources with their guidelines.

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