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CE Workshop and Colloquium: Bias and Conflicts of Interest in Diagnosis

Dr. Lisa Cosgrove of the University of Massachusetts at Boston will be at IUP on Friday, April 17, 2009, to present a workshop on why the lack of transparency in diagnostic and clinical guidelines is an important public health issue.

She will present data on the financial associations between expert members of diagnostic and treatment guidelines and the pharmaceutical industry. Cosgrove will also discuss why the overuse of diagnostic checklists undermines an appreciation for the diversity of individuals’ experiences, reinforces the authority of only certain kinds of research, and privileges biomedical interventions. CE credits are available, so check out the Bias and Conflict of Interest flyer  for more information and registration.

In the afternoon, Cosgrove will conduct an analysis of diagnosis as social construction and provide a critical perspective on the issue of bias in contemporary psychiatric diagnosis with an emphasis on Conflict Of Interest issues in clinical practice and research. Cosgrove will present her research on the financial associations between expert members of diagnostic and treatment guidelines and the pharmaceutical industry. She will discuss why the overuse of diagnostic checklists undermines an appreciation for the diversity of individuals’ experiences, reinforces the authority of only certain kinds of research, and privileges biomedical interventions.

The colloquium will be held on Friday, April 17, 3:30–5:00 p.m., Uhler Hall, Room 114. 

Presented by the IUP Department of Psychology.

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