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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Conflicts of Interest on Institutional Review Boards Remain Problematic

By Ed Silverman
The Wall Street Journal
Originally posted July 14, 2015

Here is an excerpt:

Well, a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine finds there is “significant progress” among IRB members in reporting and managing conflicts of interest when compared with the results of a similar study conducted in 2005. Still, the study authors, who queried 493 IRB members at 100 medical schools and 15 hospitals that received the most funding from NIH in 2012, say that problems remain.

First, though, here is the good news: There was a drop in the percentage of IRB members with conflicts – 30.4% last year compared with 39% in 2005, although this was not deemed to be a significant change. And those who were willing to report a conflict jumped to 80% from 55%. And 68% of IRB members with a conflict said they would leave the room when a protocol was discussed, compared with 38% in 2005.

The entire story is here.

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