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This Week in PLOS Medicine: Competing interests; Mobile HIV clinic; Maternal health & more

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This week in PLOS Medicine, four new articles were published, along with an update to the Maternal Health Task Force – PLOS Collection.

Aaron Kesselheim and colleagues examine conflict of interest disclosures in articles authored by physicians and scientists identified in whistleblower complaints alleging illegal off-label marketing by pharmaceutical companies.

Katharina Kranzer and colleagues investigate the operational characteristics of an active tuberculosis case-finding service linked to a mobile HIV testing unit that operates in underserviced areas in Cape Town, South Africa.

David Studdert and colleagues identified disputes over informed consent in malpractice claims and serious health care complaints in Australia, and analyse disagreements between patients and doctors over whether particular clinical risks should have been disclosed before treatment.

Eliana Jimenez Soto and colleagues describe the Investment Case Framework, a health systems research approach for planning and budgeting, and detail the implementation of the framework in four Asian countries to improve maternal, newborn, and child health.

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  1. There is a typographical error in the abstract of the Kesselheim paper. In the following sentence, “inadequate” should be “adequate”:

    “This is a much lower rate of inadequate disclosure than has been identified in previous studies.”

  2. Dear Marilyn,
    Thank you for the note, this was an error in production. The error has now been fixed on our site (you may need to refresh your cache).
    Very best wishes

    Emma Veitch, PhD I Acting Deputy Editor, PLOS Medicine; Consulting Editor, PLOS ONE
    Carlyle House, Carlyle Road, Cambridge CB4 3DN | United Kingdom

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