Introduction

Cochrane Conflict of Interest Survey
Cochrane is currently revising its existing Commercial Sponsorship policy to improve clarity, transparency, and address issues about the declaration of financial interests and the actions needed. We are also considering whether there are non-financial interests which should be declared. For more information about the project please see our recently published editorial in the Cochrane Library.  

It is important to us that the survey is completed by people who create and use Cochrane reviews. Cochrane authors, healthcare consumers, clinicians, guideline developers, policymakers and research funders are all encouraged to give their opinions on the COI policy, to help ensure we continue to produce high quality, trusted evidence. 

Revision of the current policy will also be informed by a literature review, structured interviews with key stakeholders and COI experts, and information gathered from policy compliance audits conducted in 2014 and 2017-18.

The survey should take no longer than fifteen minutes to complete. It consists of four parts: (1) general questions, (2) financial (3) non-financial, and (4) questions that overlap financial and non-financial policies.

It is possible to go back to previous questions, but once the survey is submitted your answers cannot be changed.

All individual replies are anonymous and will remain confidential.


The survey will be open until the 17th February 2019.

If you have any questions about the survey or the COI project generally, please contact the team at COISurvey@cochrane.org.

We greatly appreciate your help.

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