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
Date Written: 2010
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
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