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Douglas A. Drossman: Past IOM Gulf-War-and-Health Author

Discussion in 'Institute of Medicine (IOM) Government Contract' started by Ren, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Ren

    Ren Primum Non Nocere

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    Subject: Douglas A. Drossman, Past IOM Gulf-War-and-Health Author

    (Bold added - not in original text.)

    From "Drossman Care; Drossman Center for the Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care" (copyright 2013)
    http://drossmancenter.com/about/team/about-dr-drossman/

    The above link features a photo of Drossman with a one-word caption identifying him as "CEO".

    "Dr. Drossman has been in academic medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine for 40 years and has committed his career to... and psychosomatic medicine and psychiatry."


    "...he trained with Dr. George Engel and became a charter fellow in the American Academy on Physician and Patient (now American Academy of Communication and HealthCare) that teaches academicians communication skills.

    He has studied the clinical aspects of mind-body interactions and the biopsychosocial model, and has held more than $15 million in NIH and industry grants.

    Dr. Drossman is an effective writer and communicator with more than 500 publications, having served as Associate Editor for Gastroenterology, the Gastroenterology Editor of the Merck Manual for 17 years, and the editorial board of journals in medicine, gastroenterology, and psychosomatic medicine.

    He has built a successful academic career through leadership in national and international programs, many of which he created."


    "He earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as completing postgraduate residencies and certification in internal medicine, additional fellowship training in psychosocial medicine and fellowships and certification in Gastroenterology."


    "Some of Dr. Drossman’s specific accomplishments follow:

    Received national research, mentoring, education, and clinical awards from... American Psychosomatic Society, and other international organizations

    Past President of the American Psychosomatic Society

    Institute of Medicine Committees on Gulf War and Health in 2008, 2010 and in 2012

    Past advisor to most of the pharmaceutical companies involved in phase II and III studies of agents for IBS and other FGIMDs"


    Please see Drossman's website for more-detailed information, especially the numerous organizations with whom he is/has been involved. Drossman's "about" webpage also features his 96-page CV including bibliography. I only very-very momentarily scrolled through this info. Perhaps those who are familiar with various psychosomatic/biopsychosocial narratives will recognize Drossman's work and collegues.

    Under "Investment" and in video, Drossman explains how he hopes his model will shape the future of Western health, and he's looking for investors to help make his dream a reality.

    "The Drossman Center can work with private practices, clinics and hospitals in the US to train health care providers in his DrossmanCare methods."

    http://drossmancenter.com/investors/a-message-from-dr-drossman/
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  2. Ren

    Ren Primum Non Nocere

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    Conflict of Interest? What say ye, lawyers?

    Again regarding the info/link in post 1, Drossman's company website lists as one of Drossman's "achievements", "Institute of Medicine Committees on Gulf War and Health in 2008, 2010 and in 2012".

    And the company for which Drossman is identifiied as CEO, "Drossman Center for the Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care, Chapel Hill, NC" is featured on p.R2 of GULF WAR and HEALTH Treatment for Chronic Multisymptom Illness (2013). http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13539&page=R1


    Compare this to the National Academy of Sciences' Policy on Committee Composition and Balance and Conflicts of Interest: (2003)--for example: http://www.nationalacademies.org/coi/bi-coi_form-0.pdf

    "The term "conflict of interest" applies only to current interests... Consideration must also be given to the interests of those for whom one is acting in a fiduciary or similar capacity (e.g., being an officer or director of a corporation, whether profit or nonprofit, or serving as a trustee)." (p.4)


    A quick search for "Drossman" within GULF WAR and HEALTH Treatment for Chronic Multisymptom Illness (2013) shows that Drossman is not only a committee member for this text - but that several of his own works are used as references.


    Compare this to the National Academy of Sciences' Policy on Committee Composition and Balance and Conflicts of Interest: (2003)--for example:
    http://www.nationalacademies.org/coi/bi-coi_form-0.pdf

    "However, an individual should not serve as a member of a committee with respect to an activity in which a critical review and evaluation of the individual's own work, or that of his or her immediate employer, is the central purpose of the activity, because that would constitute a conflict of interest, although such an individual may provide relevant information to the program activity." (p.5)

    "However, in situations where there is some significant, directly related interest or duty of the individual -- e.g., where the individual is currently president of a professional society that espouses the same fixed position on the issue -- the situation may constitute a conflict of interest." (p.5-6)


    Drossman was on the committee which referenced his own work in Gulf War and Health: Volume 8: Update of Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War (2010).http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12835&page=R1

    Drossman was on the committee which referenced his own work in Gulf War and Health: Volume 6. Physiologic, Psychologic, and Psychosocial Effects of Deployment-Related Stress (2008). http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11922&page=R1
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    Under "DrossmanCare Advisors":

    "...has been serving companies for several years in the U.S., Europe, and India, helping hundreds of people design and build highly profitable businesses. He works with larger companies to find and develop the ideas within the organizations, growing profits..." http://drossmancenter.com/advisors/
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    Ren Primum Non Nocere

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    IOM search "chronic multisymptom illness" yields another Clauw presentation:
    http://www.iom.edu/~/media/files/activity files/veterans/gulfwarcmitreatment/meeitng 2 agenda/presentations/clauw presentation.pdf

    Note text from final slide:

    "Non-pharmacological therapies can be extremely helpful but are rarely used effectively in clinical practice
    New ways of delivering non-pharmacological therapies will be helpful, especially if someone figures out a way to make money on education, exercise, CBT
    Electrostimulatory therapies have significant promise"

    ---------------

    If you feel sickened by all of the above (as do I), I'm sending you a "cyber" hug. Take care and do something kind for yourself - I hope you experience something beautiful today... ;)
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    Hmmmm.... we have a case against Drossman if they try to put him on our panel. On the other hand, the GW veterans have a case too. Why aren't they making more of this?
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    Thanks for having a look at this. It's far from clear what the IOM considers to be a COI (particularly an ideological one) and how it actually goes about picking people. This is the sort of thing that there has been a poor history for though.
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