Health Questions and Answers

Does it matter who sponsors a study?

Yes. Any direct involvement in a study by a sponsor, particularly one with a financial interest in the outcomes of the research (e.g., pharmaceutical industry), has the potential to influence the study. Sponsors should not have any input in study design, data collection, or how to report the results. Many research studies do not adhere to these standards. Disclosure of financial support is important and should alert the reader that there is the potential for introduction of bias into the study. Industry-sponsored studies may provide valuable information but must be reviewed carefully.

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