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Research Letter
Health Care Reform
March 2017

Financial Conflicts of Interest Among Hematologist-Oncologists on Twitter

Author Affiliations
  • 1School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • 2Division of Hematology Oncology, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • 3Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • 4Center for Health Care Ethics, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(3):425-427. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.8467

Twitter, the social media service that permits 140-character posts or “tweets,” is undergoing rapid uptake by physicians.1 Twitter allows physicians to communicate, interpret, highlight, and curate information as well as engage in discussion or debate with other physicians, patients, patient advocates, researchers, investors, and industry employees. More than 60% of tweets authored by medical professionals in the United States are health-related, and approximately 14% mention commercial products or services.2 Yet, to our knowledge, there has been no investigation of the prevalence of financial conflict of interest (FCOI) among these users.

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