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Financial conflicts of interest among clinical guideline authors

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Key learning points

  • The Open Payments database lists all payments received by US healthcare professionals from pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

  • An analysis compared details of financial conflicts of interest disclosed by US clinical guideline authors with payments recorded on the Open Payments database.

  • Among 270 US physician authors of clinical guidelines, 74% received payments from industry, but only 37% disclosed financial conflicts of interest.

A study of financial conflicts of interest (COI) among US authors of clinical guidelines found that COI are common and under-reported.1


This cross-sectional study assessed pharmaceutical and medical device industry-related financial COI information disclosed by authors of US clinical guidelines issued in 2020 and compared it with information contained within the authors’ records held on the US Open Payments (OP) database.1 Only US authors who …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.