Financial conflict among sports medicine doctors that publish research…….
“Inaccurate disclosures of physician and industry relationships in scientific reporting may create an asymmetry of information by hiding potential biases. The accuracy of conflict of interest disclosure in sports medicine research…..”
“…..financial disclosures in published articles in 2016 in the American Journal of Sports Medicine with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Open Payments Database to determine the percentage of payments values and percentage of eligible authors with discrepancies.”
“Stated disclosures in American Journal of Sports Medicine publications for these authors were identified and compared with industry-reported payments on Open Payments Database.”
“A total of 434 authors were included in this study. Mean and median total payments per author per year were $76,941 and $1692, respectively.”
“The most commonly received payment was for food and beverage (81.3% of authors), followed by travel and lodging (45.4%) and consulting (31.8%).”
“Authors with higher total payments were less likely to be discrepant in their reporting—notably, authors earning >$500,000 had 16.1% of payment values with discrepancy, as opposed to 85.3% for those earning <$10,000.”
“First authors had a lower percentage of payment values with discrepancy (13.8%) versus middle authors (31.9%). Finally, men had a lower percentage of payment values with discrepancy (418 authors, 22.3% of payment values with discrepancy) as compared with women (16 authors, 95.3%).”
“Regarding industry payments specifically requested on the American Journal of Sports Medicine disclosure form for authors (royalties, consulting, research payments, and ownership and investments)……25.3% of authors had a discrepancy in these payment categories in aggregate.
“Discrepancies exist between disclosures reported by authors publishing in American Journal of Sports Medicine and what is reported in the Open Payments Database. Authors receiving lower total payments, middle authors, and women are more likely to have disclosure discrepancies.”
“Additionally, industry research funding support and ownership interest are most likely to go unreported.”
V.Boddapati, et al
Accuracy Between AJSM Author-Reported Disclosures and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Open Payments Database
American Journal Of Sports Medicine — Volume 46 #4 — March 2018 — page 969