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Institutional review boards are getting better at dealing with conflicts of interest, survey shows

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 13 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3793
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Progress has been made in the reporting and management of conflicts of interest among people who serve on the institutional review boards of medical schools and teaching hospitals in the United States, shows a survey published in JAMA Internal Medicine.1

In the past, attention has focused mainly on researchers and their relations with the industry, with little written on the potential conflicts of interest among the members of institutional review boards, which oversee study protocols in academic health centers.

Researchers contacted a random sample of members of institutional …

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