Complexity and conflicts of interest statements: a case-study of emails exchanged between Coca-Cola and the principal investigators of the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE). Stuckler, D., Ruskin, G., & McKee, M. Journal of Public Health Policy, 39(1):49–56, February, 2018.
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Statements on conflicts of interest provide important information for readers of scientific papers. There is now compelling evidence from several fields that papers reporting funding from organizations that have an interest in the results often generate different findings from those that do not report such funding. We describe the findings of an analysis of correspondence between representatives of a major soft drinks company and scientists researching childhood obesity. Although the studies report no influence by the funder, the correspondence describes detailed exchanges on the study design, presentation of results and acknowledgement of funding. This raises important questions about the meaning of standard statements on conflicts of interest.
@article{stuckler_complexity_2018,
	title = {Complexity and conflicts of interest statements: a case-study of emails exchanged between {Coca}-{Cola} and the principal investigators of the {International} {Study} of {Childhood} {Obesity}, {Lifestyle} and the {Environment} ({ISCOLE})},
	volume = {39},
	issn = {1745-655X},
	shorttitle = {Complexity and conflicts of interest statements},
	doi = {10.1057/s41271-017-0095-7},
	abstract = {Statements on conflicts of interest provide important information for readers of scientific papers. There is now compelling evidence from several fields that papers reporting funding from organizations that have an interest in the results often generate different findings from those that do not report such funding. We describe the findings of an analysis of correspondence between representatives of a major soft drinks company and scientists researching childhood obesity. Although the studies report no influence by the funder, the correspondence describes detailed exchanges on the study design, presentation of results and acknowledgement of funding. This raises important questions about the meaning of standard statements on conflicts of interest.},
	language = {eng},
	number = {1},
	journal = {Journal of Public Health Policy},
	author = {Stuckler, David and Ruskin, Gary and McKee, Martin},
	month = feb,
	year = {2018},
	pmid = {29180754},
	keywords = {7 Ignorance and funding bias, Biais de financement, Biomedical Research, Carbonated Beverages, Childhood obesity, Competing interest, Conflict of Interest, Conflict of interest, Electronic Mail, Food Industry, Humans, Pediatric Obesity, Public health, Research Design, Research Support as Topic, Soft drinks},
	pages = {49--56},
}

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