Association between author conflicts of interest and industry-sponsorship with the favorability of outcomes of systematic reviews focusing on treatments of erectile dysfunction

Ref ID 795
First Author A. Corcoran
Year Of Publishing 2021
Keywords Transparency
Sponsorship bias
Non-Cochrane reviews
Problem(s) Conflict of interest statement or disclosures for review authors missing
Financial conflicts of interest of review authors
Number of systematic reviews included 24
Summary of Findings From 23 included systematic reviews of treatment interventions for erectile dysfunction indexed in PubMed and Embase between September 1, 2016, and June 2, 2020. Nineteen authors (13.8%) were found to have conflicts of interest (disclosed, undisclosed, or both). No authors completely disclosed all conflicts. Nine reviews (37.5%) contained at least one author with conflicts of interest; of which eight reported narrative results favouring the treatment group, and seven reported conclusions favouring the treatment group. Of the 15 (62.5%) reviews without a conflicted author, 11 reported results favouring the treatment group, and 12 reported conclusions favouring the treatment group.
Did the article find that the problem(s) led to qualitative changes in interpretation of the results? No
Are the methods of the article described in enough detail to replicate the study? No