Rachel Hendrick
Name
Rachel Hendrick
Title
Organisation
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
Address
Edinburgh UK
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PhD Title

Managing or maintaining bias? Examining the conceptualisation of conflicts of interest in medical journal publishing

PhD Title:

Managing or maintaining bias? Examining the conceptualisation of conflicts of interest in medical journal publishing.

Thesis Overview

This PhD explores the various ethical challenges that exist within the business of medical journal publishing, resulting from the (often undisclosed) relationships between the different actors and their potential ensuing conflicts of interest.  It focuses primarily on the pharmaceutical industry, but also looks at the tobacco industry in order to compare both practices by the industries and responses to them. 

Specifically, this research seeks to critically examine the range of guidelines and policies that have been developed by journals and trade organisations to assess their effectiveness as a mechanism to regulate conflicts of interest.

This is being carried out through analysing the discourse of the guidelines, together with conducting interviews with key actors within the field.

My thesis was submitted in December 2016.  I passed my viva on the 8th March 2017 and graduated on the 5th July 2017.

Awards

ESRC CASE Doctoral Studentship, supported by the British Medical Journal 

Supervisors

Professor Jeff Collin and Dr Katherine Smith 

Publications

Articles

Ghosts in the Machine’, BMJ, 2011, 343:d7860

Book Reviews

Davis and Abraham (2013), 'Unhealthy Pharmaceutical Regulation: Innovation, Politics and Promissory Science', in Sociology (forthcoming).

Presentations 

Oral Presentation: 'Managing or maintaining bias? Examining the institutionalisation of conflicts of interest in medical journal publishing', paper presented at the  5th World Conference on Research Integrity, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 28th-31st May 2017.

Oral Presentation: 'Managing or Hiding Conflicts of Interest in Medical Journal Publishing: An Analysis of the Current System of Self-Regulation', paper presented at the British Sociological Association Medical Sociology annual conference, York, 11th-13th September 2013.

Oral Presentation: 'Conflicts of Interest in Medical Journal Publishing: Examining the (In)Effectiveness of Current Guidelines', paper presented at the 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 5th-8th May 2013.

Oral Presentation: 'Are Journals Still Haunted?  An Analysis of the (In)Effectiveness of Current Guidelines in Medical Publishing', paper presented at Selling Sickness: People before Profits 2013 conference, Washington DC, 20th-22nd February 2013.

Oral Presentation: 'Conflicts of Interest in Medical Journal Publishing: Examining the (In)Effectiveness of Current Guidelines', paper presented at Cumberland Lodge colloquium: 'From the Classroom to the Clinic: Humanities and Education in Bioethics', Windsor, 8th October 2012.

Poster Presentation: 'Conflicts of Interest in Medical Journal Publishing: Examining the (In)Effectiveness of Current Guidelines', poster presented at the British Sociological Association Medical Sociology annual conference, Leicester, 5th-7th September 2012.

Oral Presentation: ‘Publishing Ethics: The Political Economy of Medical Writing Companies’, paper presented at the British Sociological Association Medical Sociology annual conference, Colchester, 14th-16th September 2011.

Poster Presentation: 'Privatised Science', poster presented at the University of Strathclyde 'Research Day', Glasgow, June 2011.

Professional Experience

Prior to my PhD, I worked as a Commissioning Editor at the medical publishers Wolters Kluwer Health (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins), where I developed a new UK book list.  Before then I worked at SAGE Publications as an Assistant Editor on their Media, Culture & Communications and Education book and journal lists.  

I am currently the Editorial Co-ordinator on the journal Annals of Surgery, which involves managing articles as well as providing advice on issues surrounding publication ethics.  Between January and June 2014, I worked as a consultant on behalf of Origin Editorial, producing six reports for a US academic publisher on their ethical policies and procedures.  I have also been the proofreader, since 2008, on SAGE Publications' Journal of Contemporary History.

Teaching Experience

Tutor for two 1st year Sociology undergraduate classes at Edinburgh University, academic year 2013-14.  Rated top tutor for Sociology 1A in student feedback survey.

Tutor for two 1st year Sociology undergraduate classes at Strathclyde University, academic year 2011-12.

Qualifications

M.A. Creative and Critical Writing, University of Sussex, UK

B.A. English Literature, University of Sussex, UK  

Membership

Committee on Publication Ethics

Society for Social Medicine

British Sociological Association

Healthy Skepticism

Websites

http://edinburgh.academia.edu/RachelHendrick 

https://twitter.com/Rachel_Hendrick 

http://rachelhendrick.wordpress.com/