Michelle Roseman, PhD student in medicine at McGill University, is the award winner of the Fonds Santé, one of the three Fonds awards of the Fonds de recherche du Québec. Her award-winning publication ‘Reporting of Conflict of Interest from Drug Trials in Cochrane Reviews: A Crosssectional Study‘ was published in BMJ in August 2012.
Michelle Roseman’s present study confirms the findings of her previous study (Roseman et al., JAMA, 2011), which found that meta-analyses of drug trials published in high-impact biomedical journals rarely reported trial funding sources. These are important results because, if information on COIs is not provided, users of evidence reviews will not be able to truly evaluate the degree of risk of a drug trial. Indeed, there is robust empirical evidence that COIs can influence how results of drug trials are reported and interpreted. Together, Roseman’s studies highlight the urgent need to reform guidelines that govern the conduct of systematic reviews, and provide recommendations for greater transparency of reporting.
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March 5, 2013