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Conflicts of Interests: Through the Looking Glass

Since my last post on the issue of industry affiliation and authorship in the BMJ (read it here), I have been taking a look into the issue of conflicts of interest. And today, I came across this brilliant TED Talk by Dan Ariely:

https://ted.com/talks/view/id/1212

The main thing about this talk, and in general about conflict of interest (not in the financial sense, for this post) is that it is very difficult to identify. And like other observer biases, tends to make for an interesting confounder in research.

As Dan puts it in the end, the main thing is to stay aware of such conflicts and identify them as and when they arise instead of turning away from them. In research, as it is in life…

Skeptic Oslerphile. Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Past: Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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