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Comment & Response
May 7, 2019

Transparent Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
  • 2UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas
JAMA. 2019;321(17):1728. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.1530

To the Editor The recent investigation1 of a prominent researcher for nondisclosure of significant conflicts of interest (COIs) has resurfaced the debate about COIs. In an Editorial, Dr Bauchner and colleagues2 discussed the responsibilities of authors, institutions, and editors in ensuring accurate, detailed, complete, and transparent disclosure of COIs. A financial relationship with a company may not be relevant and hence not constitute a conflict. However, “relevance” is subjective and to remove any ambiguity, the editorialists encouraged authors to provide complete and broad disclosure, thereby allowing readers to decide whether reported COIs are important in their interpretation of an article.

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