Yesterday’s uplifting emphasis at the quadrennial medical editors’ scientific meeting was bad research (“Bad research rising”). This morning’s motivational agenda focused on measuring some of the main techniques for jazzing up research results.
It started with making research look more independent by not declaring authors’ commercial conflicts of interest (COI). Kristine Rasmussen told us that in Denmark, doctors have to apply for permission to collaborate with industry. That enabled Rasmussen and her colleagues to study whether or not doctors who did clinical trials were declaring their commercial relationships with drug manufacturers.