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Undisclosed conflicts of interest in a systematic review protocol of interventions for medically unexplained symptoms

Quick Thoughts

Hey, PROSPERO, we’ve got a problem.

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A protocol for a systematic review of the treatment of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) that is posted and downloadable at York University’s PROSPERO site has blatant but undeclared conflicts of interest. Yet, the review has the potential to change health policies in the UK and elsewhere.

 Joanna Leaviss, Glenys Parry, Matt Stevenson, Andrew Booth, Alison Scope, Sarah Davis, Shije Ren, Anthea Sutton, Peter White, Rona Moss-Morris, Marta Buszewicz. Medically unexplained symptoms(MUS): primary care intervention. PROSPERO 2015:CRD42015025520 Available here.

The review is funded by £206,000 (US$304,087 ) from the UK National Institute for Health Research.

  • A key purpose of systematic reviews is to evaluate the relevance of the scientific literature for health policy with a buffer against the agenda and self-interests of the researchers who conducted the original individual studies.
  • There is strong evidence of an undeclared agenda in…

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