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Can J Plast Surg. 2012 Fall;20(3):e35-6.

Reporting disclosures to the reader in plastic surgery journal publications.

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Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.

Abstract

in English, French

BACKGROUND:

With the associations between investigators and funding sources becoming increasingly complicated, conflicts of interest may arise that could potentially cause biases in the reporting of results.

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the number of published plastic surgery articles that lack reporting of disclosures.

METHODS:

An online review of four major North American plastic surgery journal publications from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007, was performed. For identification and to provide anonymity, journals were assigned a letter from A to D.

RESULTS:

Of the 1759 articles reviewed, 726 (41%) were included. Disclosure was not reported in 368 (51%) articles: Journal A (n=10, 3%), Journal B (n=153, 85%), Journal C (n=193, 93%) and Journal D (n=12, 32%). Journals differed significantly in their reporting of disclosure (P<0.01).

CONCLUSION:

In the plastic surgery journals reviewed, the lack of documentation of disclosures was frequent. To ensure identification of bias in plastic surgery publications, a section dedicated to disclosure statements is recommended for each published article.

KEYWORDS:

Bias; Conflicts of interest; Disclosure; Plastic surgery; Publication

PMID:
23997594
PMCID:
PMC3433824

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