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December 11, 2018

Conflicts of Interests, Authors, and Journals: New Challenges for a Persistent Problem

Author Affiliations
  • 1JAMA and the JAMA Network, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2018;320(22):2315-2318. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17593

Conflict of interest affects virtually every aspect of medicine, including research, teaching, and clinical care. In May 2017, JAMA published a theme issue that included 23 articles on conflicts of interest (COIs) that represented “the multifaceted aspects and complexity of COI from numerous perspectives,”1 such as academia,2,3 medical education,4,5 medical practice,6 and research7; industry payments to physicians8,9 and industry funding of and collaboration with researchers,10,11 guideline panels,12 professional associations,13 and academic medical centers14; why COIs matter and how they are defined and managed15-18; disclosures to patients19,20; and the roles of journals21,22 and authors.23