Honest Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest Advances Emergency Medicine Scholarship
Maloney, L.M.; Mycyk, M.B.
Academic Emergency Medicine Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine 26(6): 698-700
ISSN/ISBN: 1069-6563 PMID: 30802334 DOI: 10.1111/acem.13718
Patients, clinicians, and policymakers need to trust that conflicts of interest (COI) are appropriately disclosed in all forms of disseminated science, whether it's in the form of a research study, an expert editorial, a review article, or a meeting presentation. Recent high-profile events have renewed the public's attention to the basic procedure and reasons for disclosing COI.1 Honest and mutually-beneficial partnerships with industry or other funding agencies are vital for the advancement of medicine. Conflicts are inevitable and "could never possibly be eliminated" according to Jeffrey Flier,2 but a better understanding of the procedure for disclosing COI could reduce misunderstandings associated with COI and change the perception that COI is a dirty word.