Conflict of interest declaration: Christine E East

Updated on: 24 February 2022

Roles in: Pregnancy and Childbirth Group

1. In the past 36 months have you accepted the following from a commercial organisation with a financial interest in the broad topic area of the CRG?

a) Support for attending meetings, including sabbaticals and study tours (this covers travel, accommodation and/or hospitality)?
No

b) Payment or honoraria for lectures, presentations, speakers bureaus, manuscript writing, or educational events?
No

c) Fees for organising education?
No

d) Grants and contracts?
No

e) Funds for a member of staff?
No

f) Fees for consulting?
No

g) Royalty or licences payments?
No

h) Payment for expert testimony?
No

i) Payment for a fellowship?
No

j) Payment for participation on a Data Safety Monitoring Board, Advisory Board, or Guideline Panel?
No

k) Payment for a leadership or other fiduciary role in other board, society, committee, or advocacy group?
No

2. In the past 36 months have you, your spouse/partner or an immediate family member been employed by or do you or they own a commercial organization with a financial interest in the broad topic area of the CRG?
No

3. Do you own stocks or shares in a commercial organization with a financial interest in the broad topic area of the CRG?
No

4. Do you hold any patents (planned, issued or pending) for products relevant to the broad topic area of the CRG?
No

5. Do you have any other competing interests (financial or non-financial)?
Yes - I received project grant funding from Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council for an RCT on fetal lactate measurement during labour - a topic that I had previously led a Cochrane review on. The review has not been updated with the findings of my RCT. I am a co-investigator on a RCT that is now published and will ultimately be considered for inclusion in a Cochrane review (I am lead author) on antenatal breast milk expression in women with diabetes. This update has not been undertaken as yet. I conducted a RCT on fetal pulse oximetry that is included in the Cochrane review of this topic, that I lead. I led a pilot RCT on cooling for perineal pain relief: the pilot data were included in the 2020 update of the Cochrane review: the co-authors reviewed and included data from this pilot. For all of these, reviewers who are not related to the clinical RCTs did or will evaluate the resultant publications for inclusion in the Cochrane reviews.