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Evidence Regarding the Impact of Conflicts of Interest on Environmental and Occupational Health Research

Wells, E.M.

Current Environmental Health Reports 4(2): 109-118

2017


ISSN/ISBN: 2196-5412
PMID: 28397095
DOI: 10.1007/s40572-017-0139-y
Accession: 059711469

This review describes published literature providing evidence for financial conflicts of interest in environmental and occupational health research. Secondary goals were to describe evidence that (a) utilized quantitative methods to evaluate the association of conflicts with study outcomes, and (b) assessed undisclosed as well as disclosed conflicts of interest. Forty-three studies were identified which contained descriptions of the impact of financial conflicts of interest on research results; 11 of these conducted quantitative analyses to demonstrate these relationships. All 11 articles which quantified associations identified significant associations of the presence of financial conflicts of interest with study findings. In studies which measured undisclosed conflicts, these comprised a substantial proportion of all conflicts. Suggestions for improving understanding and interpretation of research results are presented.

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