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    Primary Care Physicians Lead the Call to Eliminate COI in Clinical Practice Guidelines
    • William R. Phillips, Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine University of Washington, Seattle, WA. USA

    This research by Mooghali and team provide valuable and disturbing data on the problem of financial conflicts of interest (COI) in clinical practice guidelines.(1) Failure of authors and committee members to accurately disclose potential COI raises concerns about lack of transparency in the process, bias in the resulting guidelines, and ultimately harm to patients.

    The pioneering work in this area was done by the American Academy of Family Physicians, which published in 1994 the first international call for an explicit declaration of conflicts of interest in the development of clinical practice guidelines.(2) This has been followed by policies on COI by other groups of primary care physicians in the US(3,4), the UK(5,6) and Canada(7,8).

    Primary care physicians have been early champions of evidence-based medicine and explicit clinical practice guidelines. They are also the clinicians working at the point of care, partnering with patients to make shared decisions. The best in care requires the best guidance based on the best evidence. Therefore, potential COIs must be fully disclosed and critically managed by all involved in producing, disseminating, and implementing clinical practice guidelines.
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    1.Mooghali M, Glick L, Ramachandran R, et al. Financial conflicts of interest among US physician authors of 2020 clinical practice guidelines: a cross- sectional study. BMJ Open 2023;13:e069115. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2022-069115
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