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Is 'conflict of interest' a Misnomer? Managing interests in immunization research and evaluation.

Authors
  • McClymont, Elisabeth1
  • Brophy, Jason2
  • Dubey, Vinita3
  • Kwong, Jeff4
  • Meyer, Samantha5
  • Crowcroft, Natasha4
  • Halperin, Scott6
  • MacDonald, Shannon7
  • Simmons, Karen8
  • Top, Karina6
  • Ward, Brian9
  • Sadarangani, Manish8, 10
  • 1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 2 Department of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 3 Toronto Public Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 4 Clinical Public Health Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 5 School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 6 Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 7 Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 8 Vaccine Evaluation Center, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 9 Department of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 10 Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Dec 31, 2022
Volume
18
Issue
1
Pages
1879580–1879580
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/21645515.2021.1879580
PMID: 33651972
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Potential conflicts of interest in vaccine research can lead to negative consequences that undermine public trust and thereby put communities at risk. However, collaborations that may give rise to potential conflicts between interests can also greatly facilitate appropriate, scientifically robust, and timely vaccine development, implementation, and evaluation. At present, policies regarding the management of potential conflicts between interests are not ideal. To optimally manage interests in vaccine research, we recommend acknowledging all forms of interests and treating them all as relevant, developing appropriate collaborations, referring to all "conflicts of interest" simply as "interests" or "declarations," and promoting transparency through developing consistent reporting mechanisms.

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