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In This Issue of JAMA Otolaryngology
March 2018


JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(3):183. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.1941

Relationships between clinicians and industry can create financial conflicts of interest (FCOI) that have the potential to influence the development of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). Horn and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional analysis to evaluate the payments received by physician authors of CPGs published by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) between 2013 and 2015. They found that 39 of the 49 physicians in the sample received an industry payment and 3 of the disclosure statements evaluated were inaccurate. The authors conclude that FCOI policies among organizations developing CPGs may need to be improved. An Invited Commentary is provided by David Tunkel, chair of the AAO-HNS Guideline Taskforce.

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