2.2 Manage bias and conflict of interest (COI) of the team conducting the systematic review

Provides guidance on managing bias and COI in the review team (see below).

Provides guidance on managing bias and COI in the review team (see below).

Provides guidance on managing bias and COI in the review team (see below).

2.2.1 Require each team member to disclose potential COI and professional or intellectual bias

Must disclose relevant financial, business, and professional interests.

COI should be noted early in the process and steps taken to ensure that these do not impact the review.

Financial COI should be avoided, but must be disclosed if there is any. Also, any secondary interests that might unduly influence judgments made in a review should be disclosed. All authors must sign declarations of interest.

2.2.2 Exclude individuals with a clear financial conflict

Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) core team and any authors on the reports are barred from having any significant competing interests.

Recommends that all biases are declared. Does not specifically address the issue of whether it is appropriate to include individuals with vested financial interests in the review team.

Reviews should be free of real or perceived bias or COI. Reviews cannot be sponsored by commercial sources.

2.2.3 Exclude individuals whose professional or intellectual bias would diminish the credibility of the review in the eyes of the intended users

EPC core team and any authors on the reports are barred from having any significant competing interests.

Any COI, including professional or intellectual bias, should be declared.

Personal conflicts must be disclosed.



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