Conflicts of interest in recommendations to use computerized neuropsychological tests to manage concussion in professional football codes

Partridge, Bradley and Hall, Wayne (2014) Conflicts of interest in recommendations to use computerized neuropsychological tests to manage concussion in professional football codes. Neuroethics, 7 1: 63-74. doi:10.1007/s12152-013-9182-z


Author Partridge, Bradley
Hall, Wayne
Title Conflicts of interest in recommendations to use computerized neuropsychological tests to manage concussion in professional football codes
Journal name Neuroethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1874-5490
1874-5504
Publication date 2014-04
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12152-013-9182-z
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 63
End page 74
Total pages 12
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Neuroscience research has improved our understanding of the long term consequences of sports-related concussion, but ethical issues related to the prevention and management of concussion are an underdeveloped area of inquiry. This article exposes several examples of conflicts of interest that have arisen and been tolerated in the management of concussion in sport (particularly professional football codes) regarding the use of computerized neuropsychological (NP) tests for diagnosing concussion. Part 1 outlines how the recommendations of a series of global protocols for dealing with sports-related concussions (the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Consensus Statements on Concussion in Sport) have endorsed the use of NP testing. The development of these protocols has involved experts who have links with companies that sell computerised NP tests for concussion management. Part 2 describes how some professional football leagues-in particular the National Football League (NFL), the Australian Football League (AFL) and the National Rugby League (NRL)-have mandated specific NP testing products. They have done so on the basis of these international guidelines and by engaging experts who have conflicts of interest with NP testing companies. These decisions have also been taken despite evidence that casts doubt on the reliability and validity of NP tests when used in these ways.
Keyword AFL
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
CogState
Concussion
Conflict of interest
ImPACT
Neuropsychological test
NFL
NRL
Sport
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 3 March 2013.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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