Letters Tackling conflicts of interest

Subjective editorials and clinical reviews require proof of objectivity

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5601 (Published 06 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5601
  1. Stephen D Simon, independent statistical consultant1
  1. 1P.Mean Consulting, Leawood, KS 66224, USA
  1. mail{at}pmean.com

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?

If …

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