Essential Reading

IMAP's essential reading library is designed to bring together in one place the key resources in the field of medical professionalism. Organized by subject, the library includes both scholarly and non-scholarly articles, powerpoint presentations, and curriculae/syllabi about medical professionalism and related topics. It is meant to serve a variety of audiences: professors looking to construct courses, students engaged in scholarly research, and journalists and non-academics looking for a primer on these important issues.


Topic Areas

Our essential reading library includes seminal articles and resources on the following policy areas:



Recent Highlights

Below is a sampling of key recent additions to the library.

Health Advocacy Organizations and Evidence-based Medicine (JAMA, 2011)

Health Advocacy Organizations speaks for targeted populations affected by a variety of diseases such as epilepsy, breast cancer, mental illness, and autism. They effectively communicate their priorities to legislators, regulators, private and public funders, and the media. However, some health advocacy organizations are so committed to securing diagnostic and treatment interventions for their targeted populations that they minimize the value of evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness research.

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From Disclosure to Transparency: The Use of Company Payment Data (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2011)

It has become standard practice in medical journals to require authors to disclose their relationships with industry. However, these requirements vary among journals and often lack specificity. As a result, disclosures may not consistently reveal author-industry ties. We examined the 2007 physician payment information from 5 orthopedic device companies to evaluate the current journal disclosure system. Disclosures of company payments varied considerably,and nondisclosure rates remained high (46% among first-, sole-, and senior-authored articles and 50% among articles directly or indirectly related to payments). Medical journals, along with other medical institutions, should consider new strategies to facilitate accurate and complete transparency.

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