Letters Medical journals and industry ties

Public healthcare systems should not pay for private profit

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7774 (Published 08 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:g7774
  1. S Coffey, clinical research fellow1,
  2. B D Prendergast, consultant cardiologist1
  1. 1OxVALVE Study, Cardiac Investigations Annexe, Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
  1. sean.coffey{at}ouh.nhs.uk

We disagree with The BMJ’s new policy of restricting authorship of educational articles to those without perceived competing interests.1

Our experience highlights an unintended consequence of such a move. We are performing a population cohort study into the prevalence of valvular heart disease,2 including the performance of auscultation as a predictor of disease found on echocardiography. To avoid having to …

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