Physicians' Conflicts of Interest: The Limitations of Disclosure

New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 321, p. 1405, 1989

4 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2007

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Marc A. Rodwin

Suffolk University Law School; Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Abstract

The most frequently proposed means to counter physicians' conflicts of interest is their disclosure. Nevertheless, the rationale for disclosure and its anticipated effects are rarely examined critically. There has been little discussion of what must be disclosed and to whom, the manner of presentation, or measures to ensure compliance. This article examines disclosure policies in four other contexts - medical informed consent, consumer-protection laws, disclosure by lawyers to clients, and disclosure by government officials - and their implications and limitations as models for disclosing physicians' conflicts of interest.

Suggested Citation

Rodwin, Marc A., Physicians' Conflicts of Interest: The Limitations of Disclosure. New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 321, p. 1405, 1989, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1012156

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