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- Robert A. Vogel, MD, FACC, Chair, ACCF Task Force on Clinical Expert Consensus Documents
This 36th Bethesda Conference report is the result of a consensus conference held on November 6, 2004, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Consensus conferences are designed to facilitate consideration of significant and timely issues regarding the practice of cardiovascular medicine and matters affecting patient care, research, and training for which absolute or hard data are incomplete. Appropriate organizations other than the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) are invited to send representatives to participate in the process, as appropriate to each topic. These may include physicians and health care specialists as well as representatives from industry, government, foundations, and the public sector. A report is published to highlight recommendations, along with dissenting opinion, if appropriate. The recommendations set forth in this report are those of the conference participants only and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the ACCF.
The Task Force on Clinical Expert Consensus recognizes the importance of maintaining high ethical standards and avoiding conflicts of interests. Because the development of this conference report depends on the knowledge and experience of its volunteers, many of whom have relationships with industry, the policy for writing committee members’ relationships must be realistic, workable, and implemented in a way that protects the integrity of the process while allowing an open and honest exchange of information. Therefore, the Task Force facilitates a process for collection of disclosure statements of all relationships of conference participants that might be perceived as real or potential conflicts of interest relevant to the conference activity and publishes this information with the conference report. Please refer to the appendix of each Task Force report for author disclosure information.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation