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Online disclosure of physician-industry relationships

New England Journal of Medicine, January 22, 2009

This article published in The New England Journal of Medicine examines the current trend that has many health systems and providers strengthening policies and oversight with regard to conflicts of interest and requiring that all industry relationships be submitted for approval. "Concerns about privacy notwithstanding, accurate, interpretable, and timely online disclosures can provide immediate access to potentially relevant information and demonstrate that relationships are not being hidden," writes the author.