Do you have a conflict of interest?

Conflicts of interest are about more than just money

Like Neo, you have the choice between prescribing the red pill and the blue pill. Being involved in a pharma study isn’t the only possible conflict of interest for veterinarians. Photo: Annebel146/BigStock

A key component of evidence-based medicine (EBM), and of modern life, for that matter, is critical appraisal. This means critically evaluating information before accepting or acting on it. In this time of “alternative facts” and widespread harm caused by acceptance of false or misleading information, the core EBM skill of critical appraisal is more important than ever.

In the context of evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM), critical appraisal refers specifically to “a formal, unbiased, systematic approach to assessing the quali...


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