Subjective editorials and clinical reviews require proof of objectivityBMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5601 (Published 06 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5601
- Stephen D Simon, independent statistical consultant1
- 1P.Mean Consulting, Leawood, KS 66224, USA
The term industry ties needs to be clarified.1 Two relevant questions are:
(1) Does this editorial or clinical review advocate or discourage the use of a commercial product?
(2) If so, does the author have a financial tie to a company that sells this commercial product or sells a competing commercial product?