Conflict of interest guidelines for clinical guidelines

Med J Aust. 2011 Oct 17;195(8):442-5. doi: 10.5694/mja10.11130.


• Clinical guidelines are being increasingly produced to improve quality of care, but are vulnerable to bias. • Only 15% of guidelines on the National Health and Medical Research Council portal from the most prolific developers have published conflict of interest statements, and fewer detail the processes used to manage conflicts. • Comprehensive disclosure of conflicts is needed to safeguard the integrity of clinical guidelines and the medical profession. • Peak bodies and clinicians should seek to promote an improvement to current poor practice.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Conflict of Interest*
  • Disclosure
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*