describes financial and professional conflicts of interest, and gives a brief history of recent attempts to deal with conflicts of interest on the part of universities, medical publications, certain government officials, judges, lawyers, and other individuals with fiduciary responsibility.

Chapter 4 describes special concerns about conflicts of interest in PORTs, and Chapter 5 describes two models and some general, frequently proposed approaches for dealing with conflicts of interest. Chapter 6 outlines suggestions and other points for consideration by PORTs and their home institutions, AHCPR, the health services research community, industry, and Congress. Appendices to the report include the scenarios discussed at the June workshop, the rapporteur summaries of those discussions, and several of the background papers and presentations.

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