Conflict of interest declaration: Robin M Featherstone
1. Financial interests
a) Received research funding: any grant, contract or gift, commissioned research, or fellowship from The Cochrane Collaboration or a related organisation (i.e. any organisation related to health care or medical research) to conduct research?
Yes - I have been a member of research teams that operate under grants or contracts from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (US), the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Federal Strategy for Patient Oriented Research, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, and the University of Alberta.
b) Had paid consultancies: any paid work, consulting fees (in cash or kind) from a related organisation?
c) Received honoraria: one-time payments (in cash or kind) from a related organisation?
d) Served as a director, officer, partner, trustee, employee or held a position of management with a related organisation?
Yes - I am a contracted information specialist for the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), a Health Technology Assessment Agency. I am a contract employee of the Centre for Health Communities, a review group in the Public Health Department at the University of Alberta.
e) Possessed share-holdings, stock, stock options, equity with a related organisation (excludes mutual funds or similar arrangements where the individual has no control over the selection of the shares)?
f) Received personal gifts from a related organisation?
g) Had an outstanding loan with a related organisation?
h) Received royalty payments from a related organisation?
2. Do you have any other competing interests that could pose a conflict of interest that would reasonably appear to be related to the primary interest?