Readers and service commissioners require clear financial disclosures: Comment on innovation, research integrity, and change: A conflict of interest management framework for program developers (Sanders et al., 2019)

Philip Wilson* (Corresponding Author), Louise Marryat, Lucy Thompson, James Coyne, Michael Allerhand

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Abstract

Sanders et al.'s proposal for a management framework for conflicting interests among program developers is very welcome. The underlying principles of such a framework must nevertheless prioritise the need for researchers and commissioners of services to make objective assessments of the impact of interventions reported in journal articles. This is particularly important in the field of randomised trials which may influence public sector expenditure. Using a strict definition derived from known financial conflict of interest, we have demonstrated that child‐based effect sizes are much lower for independent studies than for studies with developer involvement. On this basis, we propose that journals publishing evaluations of psychosocial interventions should agree a standardised format for declarations of conflicts of interest based on that recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Early online date21 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Dec 2019

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Conflict of Interest
Disclosure
Public Sector
Health Expenditures
Research
Research Personnel
Innovation
Reader
Commissioner
Research Integrity
Evaluation
Medical Journals
Effect Size
Declaration
Expenditure

Keywords

  • child behavior
  • conflict of interest
  • parenting programmes
  • systematic review

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