Background: Our objective was to determine whether industry support of researchers has a significant role in creating key opinion leaders (KOL). Methods: First-authored publications of the 162 speakers who delivered the 2008 American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) refresher courses, a sample of KOLs, were comprehensively evaluated for acknowledgment of industry support and their relevance to each lecture. Results: The data indicate that 3 of the 162 refresher course speakers had more than half of their publications supported by industry, whereas 106 of the 162 speakers disclosed no industry support. Overall, 9.4% of refresher course speaker first-authored publications disclosed industry support related to their lectures. Conclusions: Our data indicate that industry-supported career development does not occur with the majority of key opinion leaders in anesthesiology, a subset of KOLs in medicine in general. The data do not support the notion of widespread industry support creating bias through career development of KOLs.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pharmacology (nursing)
- Drug guides
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Pharmacology (medical)