Industry Support of Key Opinion Leaders

Elizabeth Neglia, Nina Singh-Radcliff, Beth H. Minzter, W. Andrew Kofke

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-184
Number of pages5
JournalDrug Information Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology (nursing)
  • Drug guides
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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