Letters Medical journals and industry ties

Competing interests in epidemiology

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7744 (Published 08 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:g7744
  1. Colin L Soskolne, professor emeritus1
  2. on behalf of Wael K Al-Delaimy, Kathleen Burns, Manley R Finch, James A Gaudino Jr, Bruce Lanphear, Mark Oremus, Leah Phillips, Kathleen Ruff, Stanley H Weiss, and Steve Wing
  1. 1University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2X4
  1. colin.soskolne{at}ualberta.ca

We congratulate The BMJ for being among the first medical journals to implement a policy on declaring financial competing interests. The journal is a pioneer in recognising that transparency through such declarations is not a panacea but requires policy adjustments.

The adjustments made relate specifically to articles commissioned by The BMJ and apply to medical education articles that will, in future, be …

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