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A Piece of My Mind
August 20, 2014

Beyond Conflicts of Interest: Disclosing Medical Biases

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
JAMA. 2014;312(7):697-698. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.8035

The editors of medical and scientific journals always ask authors of papers to declare any financial conflicts of interest (COIs) related to their research. There has recently been a shift away from allowing authors to decide what constitutes a financial COI toward asking them to disclose any potential perceived COI; some journal editors even ask authors to disclose any and all financial interests that they have. But there has also been a shift away from this focus on financial COIs toward a wider conception of COI that includes other types of bias. Since 2010, all journals associated with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) have asked authors to complete a unified COI form that requires disclosure of the following:

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