Module 16: Conflict of Interest
Upon completion of this module, the resident should be able to:
- Define "conflict of interest."
- Describe conditions conducive to the appearance and generation of "conflicts of interest."
- Describe a typology of "conflicts of interest."
- Identify strategies for managing "conflicts of interest."
An “expose” of conflicts of interest in medicine, published in The Washington Monthly, can be found at: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2004/0404.brownlee.html.
For a provocative look at solutions to the problems of conflicts of interest in medicine see the presentation and slide show at: http://www.medicalprogresstoday.com/spotlight/spotlight_indarchive.php?id=1401.
A study of conflicts of interest policies and medical journals, conducted by the University of California at Los Angeles, can be found at: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-11/uoc--usr111406.php. Another often-cited study of conflicts of interest in clinical research, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, can be found at: http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/343/22/1616.
The Institute on Medicine as a Profession has a website with a segment devoted to managing conflicts of interest; it can be found at: http://www.imapny.org/activities/activities_show.htm?doc_id=305828.
An excellent portal to numerous links (including official policies of organizations and institutions) is offered by the National Institutes of Health; it can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coi/resources.htm.