Dr. Cézanne and the Art of Re(Peat)Search: Competing Interests and Obligations in Clinical Research

17(2) Accountability in Research 85, 2010

12 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2012

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Robyn Bluhm

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jocelyn Downie

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine

Jeff Nisker

University of Western Ontario - Applied Mathematics Department

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Clinician researchers have a number of roles, each of which carries specific obligations. There are times when these obligations may be in competition (up to and including conflict) with each other. Using a narrative case study that describes a group of colleagues discussing their clinical department's participation in an industry-sponsored research protocol, we illustrate a number of the obligations faced by clinician researchers, and discuss how competing interests and obligations can lead to ethical problems. The case study is followed by a discussion of the effect of university–industry relations on competing interests and obligations in both clinical research and the role of the university, and a suggested framework that could be used to determine when university involvement in commercial research is ethically acceptable.

Keywords: clinical research ethics, competing interests, conflicts of interest, research ethics, university–industry relations

Suggested Citation

Bluhm, Robyn and Downie, Jocelyn and Nisker, Jeff, Dr. Cézanne and the Art of Re(Peat)Search: Competing Interests and Obligations in Clinical Research (2010). 17(2) Accountability in Research 85, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2102607

Robyn Bluhm

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Jocelyn Downie

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine ( email )

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

Jeff Nisker (Contact Author)

University of Western Ontario - Applied Mathematics Department ( email )

1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
Canada

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