Corporations undermining independent science: The case of spinal cord stimulation

Responses to recent research on spinal cord stimulation show how corporations continue to undermine independent science, according to Australian experts. One of the authors of this opinion piece was part of an independent Cochrane review looking at spinal cord stimulation to manage pain, and he shares his experience of the industry-led attacks he received. The authors say industry tactics include trying to control the debate, attacking the credibility of the researchers, emphasising ‘real world studies”, critiquing parts of the research rather than the whole, and exclusively citing research from industry-funded authors. They say one solution would be for the scientific community to simply stop accepting funding or publishing work from industry-funded researchers. 

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