Concerns about industry-funded research are not exclusive to the world of nutrition.
“A paper published in The British Journal of Psychiatry looked at 45 studies comparing the efficacy of psychotherapy with pharmacotherapy in depression to see if an industry bias could be detected.
The meta-analysis found that pharmacotherapy was significantly more effective than psychotherapy in the 20 industry-funded studies, while non-industry funded studies showed no difference between the two treatments. The researchers also discovered five instances where one or more authors had not declared a financial conflict of interest.
The team says the level of industry bias detected in the study was subtle but suggests that journals should require authors to declare all industry ties, a policy that has already been adopted by some publications.”
Uncanny how, no matter what the field of study, industry-funded studies tend to have results that favor the sponsor.