The Invisible Hand of Industry

X. Mona Guo, Emma L. Barber*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Over the last decades, federal funding for medical research has decreased, while industry funding has increased. The majority of clinical trials are now industry funded. Involvement of industry raises documented concerns of reporting and publication bias, data suppression, and conclusions that may more favorably align with funder motivations rather than study results. However, industry involvement may also lead to scientific innovation, efficiency, and a more rapid timeline to bring new developments to patients. Through a careful review of a manuscript, the reader can understand the nature of industry involvement and interpret the results in this context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • bias
  • clinical trials
  • conflict of interest
  • financial disclosure
  • industry funding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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