Trust plays a big part in our healthcare system.
- You trust that your doctor cares about you.
- You trust that your doctor is prescribing the correct drug/treatment/procedure
- You trust that your doctor is constantly learning about the latest breakthroughs & treatments by studying the most up to date research
- You also trust that the people doing that research are being completely honest about their work.
And that’s why researchers from Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital and McGill University were shocked to find that financial ties between researchers and pharmaceutical manufacturers weren’t being declared in a majority of meta-analysis studies.
“Patients want their doctors to make their drug choices or treatment decisions based on unbiased evidence,” said Michelle Roseman, the lead author of the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “But we found that a lot of these studies that combine results from a number of different drug trials might have findings that are biased due to drug company sponsorship.”
Researchers reviewed 29 meta-analyses on a range of drug treatments published in major medical jounals – JAMA, Lancet and BMJ. Those 29 meta-analyses included results from 509 individual drug trials.
The researchers found that only 2 of the 29 meta-analyses mentioned the funding sources of the original 509 drug trials.
In fact, when the researchers identified 7 meta-analyses in which every single drug trial was paid for by the maker of the drug – they found that only one of those studies mentioned who funded the trials.
- And there goes the trust.
- And if your doctor can’t trust the research being given to him by drug reps, how can you trust your doctor?
- And if you can’t trust your doctor, the whole healthcare system starts to fall apart….doesn’t it?
- National Post