Conflict of interest declaration: Toby J Lasserson

Roles in: Airways Group

1. In the past three years have you accepted the following from an organisation that may gain or lose financially from the publication of reviews by your review group in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR)?

a) Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium (including travel, accommodation and/or hospitality)?
No

b) Fees for speaking?
No

c) Fees for organising education?
No

d) Funds for research?
No

e) Funds for a member of staff?
No

f) Fees for consulting?
No

g) Royalty payments?
No

2. In the past three years have you or your spouse/partner been employed by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of reviews by your review group in the CDSR?
No

3. Do you own stocks or shares in companies that may gain or lose financially from the publication of reviews by your review group in the CDSR?
No

4. Do you hold any patents for products that that may lead you to gain or lose financially from the publication of reviews by your review group in the CDSR?
No

5. Do you have any other competing interests (financial or non-financial)?
Yes - I am an employee of Cochrane. I am associate editor for 'Research Integrity and Peer Review' I have received fees for teaching on Systematic Review courses organised by Universities in the UK in the last 3 years. I have attended meetings to develop extensions of the PRISMA statement to systematic review protocols, abstracts of systematic reviews, systematic reviews of harms and systematic reviews of individual participant data.