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Nationwide patterns in industry payments to academic vascular surgeons

      The relationship between industry and vascular surgery has led to many advances in our field, especially in the realm of endovascular therapy. The blend of clinical experience, engineering expertise, and innovation is a powerful combination. However, intertwined financial relationships can threaten the public trust and confidence in decisions that result from seemingly incestuous associations. Human nature being what it is, financial reward can introduce often subtle bias into decisions and conclusions. It has been shown that clinical trials funded by industry more frequently result in positive outcomes compared with those studies funded by independent sources.
      • Resnick D.B.
      Conflicts of interest in scientific research related to regulation or litigation.
      Conflicts can also arise through nonfinancial means, such as personal relationships and competitive influences, especially in the academic world. Hence, the disclosure of potential “conflict of interest” is vital to encourage transparency and to guard the integrity of our scientific research and clinical decisions. The Society for Vascular Surgery has recognized this and published guidelines addressing the process to maintain such integrity.
      Society for Vascular Surgery policy on conflict.
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      1. Society for Vascular Surgery policy on conflict.
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        (Presented at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery; Boca Raton, FL,)January 23-26, 2019

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