Effect of different financial competing interest statements on readers’ perceptions of clinical educational articles: a randomised controlled trial

Our RCT on the effect of various COI statements on readers’ confidence in educational articles has just been published in BMJ Open. Conclusion:

“Doctors’ confidence in educational articles was not influenced by the COI statements. Further work is required to determine if doctors do not perceive these COIs as important in educational articles or if they do not pay attention to these statements. More meaningful COI disclosure practices may be needed, which highlight context-specific potential sources of bias to readers.”

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