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Update on JAMA's Policy on Release of Information to the Public

Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, MBA; Annette Flanagin, RN, MA; Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH
JAMA. 2008;300(13):1585-1587. doi:10.1001/jama.300.13.1585.
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The public is intensely interested in medical research discoveries and health information, and responsible dissemination of new scientific research findings by biomedical journals and the news media is of critical importance.1 Peer-reviewed, primary-source medical journals consider original manuscripts for publication with an understanding that these papers have not been published previously and that the findings from these reports have not been disseminated widely. Thus, conflict sometimes exists among authors, who may wish to release the findings from their studies as soon as possible; reporters and other representatives of news organizations, who are interested in reporting new information on health as quickly as possible; and medical journal editors, who are responsible for ensuring the quality and validity of reports of medical information through rigorous peer review and stringent editorial evaluation. However, all involved want medical information to be as accurate as possible because clinicians and the public rely on medical journal articles to provide accurate, reliable, and credible information that can be used to improve patient care and public health.

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