JAMA May 2, 2017, Vol 317, No. 17, Pages 1707-1812

May 2, 2017, Vol 317, No. 17, Pages 1707-1812
Special Issue on COI

Conflict of InterestWhy Does It Matter?
Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD
In this Viewpoint, the former president of the Institute of Medicine discusses the importance of conflicts of interest to the integrity of the medical profession, and the importance of policies to manage conflicts of interest that are specific, clear, public, comprehensible, and fair.

The Complex and Multifaceted Aspects of Conflicts of Interest
William W. Stead, MD

Conflict of Interest and Medical Journals
Phil Fontanarosa, MD, MBA; Howard Bauchner, MD

Why There Are No “Potential” Conflicts of Interest
Matthew S. McCoy, PhD; Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD
This Viewpoint argues that “potential” conflicts of interest (COIs) are actual COIs that are effectively managed, and calls for clear terminology to describe the severity of COIs and how they are identified and managed.

Addressing Bias and Conflict of Interest Among Biomedical Researchers
Lisa Bero, PhD
JAMA. 2017;317(17):1723-1724. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.3854
This Viewpoint explores the differences between financial and nonfinancial conflicts of interest, the effects of both on research bias, and the importance of managing each in ways that reduce bias.

Role of Leaders in Fostering Meaningful Collaborations Between Academic Medical Centers and Industry While Also Managing Individual and Institutional Conflicts of Interest
Philip A. Pizzo, MD; Thomas J. Lawley, MD; Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCH
JAMA. 2017;317(17):1729-1730. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.2573
This Viewpoint discusses the important role that leaders of academic medical centers (AMCs) play in fostering collaborations with industry while managing individual and institutional conflicts of interest (COI).

Managing Conflicts of Interest in Industry-Sponsored Clinical ResearchMore Physician Engagement Is Required
Joanne Waldstreicher, MD; Michael E. Johns, MD
JAMA. 2017;317(17):1751-1752. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.4160
This Viewpoint discusses the conflicts of interest that arise from industry’s dual obligations to patients and shareholders and outlines progress academic medical centers and others have made managing conflicts of interest in industry-sponsored clinical research.

Conflict of Interest and Legal Issues for Investigators and Authors
Joseph P. Thornton, JD
JAMA. 2017;317(17):1761-1762. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.4235
This Viewpoint discusses the duty of authors to report potential conflicts of interest, the legal and professional consequences of omissions, and processes for investigating allegations of failure to disclose conflicts of interest.