Industry and Evidence-Based Medicine: Believable or Conflicted? A Systematic Review of the Surgical Literature
Bailey, Chris S
Fehlings, Michael G
Rampersaud, Y Raja
Wai, Eugene K
Fisher, Charles G
Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie 2011 Oct; 54(5): 321-6
Over the last few decades medical research and development has come to depend more heavily on the financial support of industry. However, there is concern that financial relations between the medical community and medical industry could unduly influence medical research and therefore patient care. Our objective was to determine whether conflict of interest owing to authors'/investigators' financial affiliation with industry associated with their academic research has been identified in the surgical literature. In particular, we sought to answer the following questions: What is the extent of such conflict of interest? Does conflict of interest bias the results of academic surgical research in favour of industry? What are the potential causes of this proindustry bias?
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