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Conflicts-of-Interest Disclosures at the 2010 AUGS Scientific Meeting

Ramm, Olga MD; Brubaker, Linda MD, MS

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery: March/April 2012 - Volume 18 - Issue 2 - p 79–81
doi: 10.1097/SPV.0b013e3182436643
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Objectives To describe authors’ trends in reporting conflicts of interest in their research at the 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urogynecologic Society.

Methods We extracted data regarding financial disclosures during oral presentations and compared the conflicts of interest disclosed during oral presentations with those enumerated in the published abstract.

Results We collected data on 86 of 100 oral presentations given at the 2010 American Urogynecologic Society scientific meeting. Seventy-five (87%) of the 86 presentations included a disclosure slide. Twenty-six of the 86 presenters had no verbal mention of potential conflicts of interest. There was discordance between disclosures printed in the abstract and those listed in the oral presentation in 49% of the papers, with slides providing more comprehensive information in 64% of the entries.

Conclusions Despite instructions to the contrary, 13% of presentations in 2010 did not address potential influence by a financial subsidy. Explicit instructions, a streamlined reporting process, and prioritization by our scientific community may improve the consistency and uniformity of financial disclosure reporting.

There are no uniform guidelines for professional societies for reporting conflicts of interest (COIs). Many of these societies, however, have formed society-specific guidelines for reporting COIs. The American Urogynecologic Society has established a code for reporting COIs.

From the Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL.

Reprints: Olga Ramm, MD, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, Building 103, 2160 S First Ave, Maywood, IL 60153. E-mail: olgaramm@gmail.com.

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

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