Transparency in Medicine

A list of good sites or organizations which want more transparency in medicine and medical research. These websites contain many interesting informations and links.

Website Description Introduction to Healthy Skepticism Inc

What? Our main aim is improving health by reducing harm from misleading health information.
Why? Because misleading health information harms health and wastes resources.
Who? We have 161 members who live in 23 countries. Many of us are health professionals but everyone is welcome to become a member if they support our aims. We also have 2478 subscribers who live in 112 countries.
Where? Mostly this website and email groups but we also have some meetings in person at many locations around the world.
How? We share information via our website, email discussion lists, academic journal publications and informing the media. Members may join task groups.
When? Since 1983. Mein Essen zahl ich selbst - eine Aussage, die für Ärzte und Ärztinnen alles andere als selbstverständlich ist. MEZIS wurde Initiative unbestechlicher und unabhängiger Ärzte ins Leben gerufen. MEZIS kämpft gegen Einflussnahmen der Pharmaindustrie auf das Verordnundgsverhalten von Ärzten und Ärztinnen. "We are health care providers who believe that pharmaceutical  promotion should not guide clinical practice. Our mission is to encourage health care providers to practice medicine on the basis of scientific evidence rather than on the basis of pharmaceutical promotion. We discourage the acceptance of all gifts from industry by health care providers, trainees, and students. Our goal is improved patient care." We are the British arm of a international organisation seeking to change the current relationship between the health professions and the pharmaceutical industry. This relationship is based on hospitality and patronage which is unknown and undeclared to the general public. Without action we will continue with the relentless medicalisation of society and further erode our collective sense of well being. Il rapporto tra operatori sanitari e industria è oggetto di crescente attenzione in tutto il mondo, sia per i possibili conflitti di interesse ad essi sottesi che per l'influenza che i mezzi di promozione possono avere sul comportamento degli operatori sanitari, anche senza che essi ne siano consapevoli.
Stationäre Aufnahme Blog A German blog about health and pharma industry. Since 2006-01-21. [Gesundheit] Press articles about health listed by Transparency International Germany. [Patienten]
An initiative of health scientists for informing the public.
Schweizerische Akademie der medizinischen Wissenschaften (SAMW)Für die betroffenen Ärzte in Forschung, Klinik und Praxis geht es bei der Zusammenarbeit mit der Industrie nicht nur um eine Frage des Rechts, sondern auch um eine zentrale Frage der Berufsethik. Indem die Ärzteschaft für sich selber Leitplanken formuliert, welche die bestehenden Vorschriften präzisieren und ergänzen, unterstreicht sie ihren Willen zur Unabhängigkeit und Glaubwürdigkeit. Die Website enthält Richtlinien für die Schweiz. Eine Artikelserie aus Schweizerischen Ärztezeitung aus dem Jahre 2009 zum Thema wird angegeben. Blog Ed Silverman is a prize-winning journalist who has covered the pharmaceutical industry for the past 14 years.
Dr. Carlat Blog The Carlat Psychiatry Blog: Supporting the search for honesty in medical education. Dr. Carlat is a psychiatrist in private practice in Newburyport, Massachusetts and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical School (but note that the opinions expressed in this blog are not those of Tufts).
AMSA PharmFree ScorecardThe American Medical Student Association (AMSA) released the first "PharmFree Scorecard" in 2007. This initial Scorecard graded medical schools on the presence or absence of a policy regulating the interactions between their students and faculty and the pharmaceutical and device industries.
The Cochrane Collaboration [MS] The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions.
Residents in a number of countries or regions can access The Cochrane Library online for free.

See also conflicts of interest in medicine research.