Conflicts of Interest - Developing Resolutions in Continuing Medical Education Research Presentations

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Study Description and Methods

This qualitative study examined the personal and institutional approaches taken in the conflict resolution process by investigating the presence of perceived bias in oral and print content of research findings presented in certified Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities.

Research Questions

Our research questions were:

  1. What are successful and what are inappropriate forms of resolution of potential conflicts of interest completed at both the individual and organizational level?
  2. What are the scenarios that can be developed that will help illustrate how conflict of interest enters into the research process?


This study was conducted from June 1, 2005, through May 31, 2006.

Key Findings and Publications

While limited, this pilot study confirms the subjectivity and variability in perceiving commercial bias within research findings presented in CME venues. There needs to be further study of these questions to guide the resolution of conflicts of interest in research and CME.

Access the complete manuscript:

Evaluating Conflicts of Interest in Research Presented in(7 page PDF) CME Venues. Davis NL, Galliher JM, Spano MS, et al. J Contin Ed Health Prof. 2008;28(4):220.

Contact Information

For additional information about this study, please contact:

AAFP National Research Network
1-800-274-2237, x3180

This project is funded by a grant from Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Office of Research Integrity (ORI) as part of their Responsible Conduct of Research Program for Academic Societies to Promote Research Integrity.