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Conflict or Confluence of Interest?—Reply

Anne R. Cappola, MD, ScM1,2; Garret A. FitzGerald, MD, FRS1
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1Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia
2Associate Editor, JAMA
JAMA. 2016;315(16):1793-1794. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0327.
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In Reply Dr Shaw and colleagues think that the term “conflict of interest” is not pejorative because the implication is that this infers the potential for conflict rather than its reality. We do not think so. A conflict is a clash, a quarrel, a squabble, or a disagreement, often of a protracted nature, not just the prospect of its occurrence. Journals require increasingly “full and transparent reporting,” for example, by provision of metadata, but do not request authors to address a priori their “fabrication of results” unless they detect evidence that this has occurred.


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April 26, 2016
David M. Shaw, PhD; Peter Morfeld, PhD; Thomas C. Erren, MD
1Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2Institute for Occupational Epidemiology and Risk Assessment, Evonik Industries AG, Essen, Germany
3Institute and Policlinic for Occupational Medicine, Environmental Medicine and Prevention Research, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
JAMA. 2016;315(16):1793. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0324.
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