Financial Conflicts of Interest, Disclosure, and Academic Discipline
Philosophy and Religion
Peer assessments of researchers’ financial conflicts of interest (FCOIs) are crucial to effective FCOI management. We sought to determine how academics perceive FCOI disclosure and whether their perceptions vary depending on discipline and educational backgrounds. Participants (faculty and staff members from a multi-disciplinary academic medical center) responded to a questionnaire involving 10 hypothetical scenarios in which researchers either disclosed or failed to disclose a financial conflict (between-participants manipulation). Participants viewed disclosure as important and believed that researchers’ objectivity would be affected by undisclosed FCOIs. In contrast to non-physicians, physicians showed greater recognition that the existence of an FCOI does not depend on its disclosure. This suggests that physicians are relatively well informed about FCOIs, which is likely attributable to more education about them.
Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Bruton, S. V.,
Sacco, D. F.,
(2016). Financial Conflicts of Interest, Disclosure, and Academic Discipline. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 11(2), 165-169.
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