Title

Expanding disease definitions in guidelines and expert panel ties to industry: A cross-sectional study of common conditions in the United State

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Published version

Moynihan, R., Cooke, G.P.E., Doust, J.A., Bero, L., Hill, S., & Glasziou, P. (2013). Expanding disease definitions in guidelines and expert panel ties to industry: A cross-sectional study of common conditions in the United States. PLoS Medicine, 10(8):e1001500

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2013 HERDC FoR code: 111799;119999

ISSN

1549-1277

Abstract

Financial ties between health professionals and industry may unduly influence professional judgments and some researchers have suggested that widening disease definitions may be one driver of over-diagnosis, bringing potentially unnecessary labeling and harm. We aimed to identify guidelines in which disease definitions were changed, to assess whether any proposed changes would increase the numbers of individuals considered to have the disease, whether potential harms of expanding disease definitions were investigated, and the extent of members' industry ties.

 

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