Thursday, March 31, 2011

Another study about doctor conflicts

Pharmalot is reporting about  "another study has found a conflict of interest among doctors. This time, conflicts were reported by 56 percent of 498 docs who helped write 17 guidelines for the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology between 2003 through 2008, according to the study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine (see the abstract). And this finding matters because these panels typically wield considerable influence."

We've seen these situations.  Clinical Practice Guidelines are key to the practice of medicine because they set the standard of care.  All physicians want to meet the standard of care.  What most physicians and certainly patients don't know is that the CPGs are often unduly influenced by industry money, distorting research, medicine, and the sound practice of medicine.  

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