The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released a special issue this month on conflict of interest (COI). The issue includes articles about COI as it relates to research, publishing, public health schools, pharmaceutical detailing at Academic Medical Centers, education of medical students and continuing medical education.
The JAMA Patient Page section features a straightforward, one-page description of COIs for physicians and other health care professionals to give to patients when discussing COI.
COI has been a topic of discussion and scrutiny within health research and practice for many years, and COI statements are now being added to article summaries in PubMed (read more about this new feature and others here).
COIs can be differentiated into internal and external COIs. Internal conflicts relate to those influences such as self-interest (reputation) or career advancement. External conflicts are typically top-of-mind when discussing COIs, they are conflicts such as financial support from for-profit industry. As stated by Dr. William Stead, “Every professional has COIs.” (2017) but transparency and disclosure of COI if the most effective way to mitigate their risks when they are unavoidable.
Click here to read this special issue of JAMA.
Muth CC. (2017) “Conflict of Interest in Medicine.” JAMA. 317(17):1812. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.4044
Stead WW. (2017) “The Complex and Multifaceted Aspects of Conflicts of Interest.” JAMA. 317(17):1765-1767. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.3435