As my colleague Andis Robeznieks reported earlier this week, financial relationships between doctors and manufacturers of medical devices or prescription drugs continue to prove problematic for the medical profession.
This week, the Archives of Internal Medicine published one of the latest looks at these potentially conflicted payouts. Researchers found less than half of orthopedic-related articles published in 2008 that were authored by doctors who received $1 million or more from orthopedic companies in 2007 disclosed the potential conflict of interest.
Now, another look, this one published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (payment required). Researchers consider what may motivate doctors to accept gifts, pay or other incentives from drug makers. They found reminders of professional sacrifice may boost doctors' inclination to view industry gifts or pay as acceptable.
The results, drawn from online responses from 90 Pittsburgh pediatric residents and 211 family medicine residents in 26 states, found that residents were more likely to find gifts all right if they were first asked to describe their work hours, salary, student loans and sleep deprivation before answering questions about potential conflicts of interest.