Medical Journals and Conflicts of Interest
Version of Record online: 12 OCT 2012
© 2012 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Special Issue: SYMPOSIUM 1: Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Medicine
Volume 40, Issue 3, pages 488–499, Fall 2012
How to Cite
Steinbrook, R. and Lo, B. (2012), Medical Journals and Conflicts of Interest. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 40: 488–499. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2012.00681.x
- Issue online: 12 OCT 2012
- Version of Record online: 12 OCT 2012
Physicians and patients rely on medical journals as trusted sources of medical information. Unfortunately, conflicts of interest (this article primarily considers financial conflicts of interest) may undermine the credibility of the medical literature. Improved policies and practices at journals should address the conflicts of interest of authors, reviewers, editors, and journals. Medical journals should manage and eliminate conflicts, not just improve the disclosure of financial relationships.