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Principles address financial, intellectual, and personal
conflicts of interest
Philadelphia, October 6, 2015 -- Today in Annals of Internal
Medicine, the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) issued
principles for disclosing interests and managing conflicts of
interest (COI) during the clinical practice guideline development
Established in 2002, G-I-N is a network of guideline developers,
comprising 100 organizations and 127 individuals from 48 countries.
G-I-N has published guideline development standards that emphasize
the importance of disclosing interests and managing COI.
"Direct and indirect conflicts of interest have the potential to
cause clinicians and patients to question the trustworthiness of
clinical practice guidelines, which serve an important role in the
practice of medicine," said Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, FACP, the 2012-14
Chair, Guidelines International Network, and Director, Clinical
Policy, American College of Physicians. "The disclosure of
interests and management of COI is often unsatisfactory. In
response to the call from the international community of the
clinical guideline developers to provide guidance in this arena,
the Guidelines International Network reviewed the recent research
and developments in disclosure of interests and managing COI to
develop these principles."
The nine principles address financial, intellectual, and
personal conflicts of interest: They include:
The 2015 G-I-N
Annual Conference is October 7-10 in Amsterdam. The 2016 G-I-N Annual Conference will take place in
Philadelphia from September 27-30, 2016.
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