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World J Orthop. Apr 18, 2017; 8(4): 329-335
Published online Apr 18, 2017. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v8.i4.329
Variability in conflict of interest disclosures by physicians presenting trauma research
Kevin Wong, Paul H Yi, Rohith Mohan, Kevin J Choo
Kevin Wong, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA 02118, United States
Paul H Yi, Kevin J Choo, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143, United States
Rohith Mohan, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, United States
Author contributions: Wong K and Yi PH designed the research; Wong K, Yi PH, Mohan R and Choo KJ contributed to data acquisition, analysis and interpretation; Wong K wrote the paper; all authors contributed to the drafting, critical revisions, and final approval of the manuscript.
Institutional review board statement: This research was completed through review of published conflict of interest disclosures so no Institutional Review Board Approval was required since no human subjects were involved.
Conflict-of-interest statement: All co-authors of this manuscript confirm that there are no financial or personal relationships with any people or organizations that could inappropriately influence the actions of any author of this manuscript.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: Kevin Wong, Research Fellow, Boston University Medical Center, 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118, United States.
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Received: October 9, 2016
Peer-review started: October 12, 2016
First decision: December 13, 2016
Revised: December 16, 2016
Accepted: January 11, 2017
Article in press: January 14, 2017
Published online: April 18, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: Previous studies have demonstrated discrepancies in financial conflict of interest disclosures among physicians presenting research. The purpose of this study was to quantify the variability of self-reported financial disclosures by authors presenting at multiple trauma conferences during the same year. The disclosures published for the 2012 annual meetings of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and Orthopaedic Trauma Association were tabulated and disclosures made by authors presenting at both meetings were compared for discrepancies. Our results demonstrate variability in reported disclosures by authors presenting at multiple conferences within the same year. Further work is warranted to improve transparency of disclosures.