The symptom? Nervousness. The cause? Doctors' financial ties
Doctors' ties to drug and medical device companies can make patients and research participants a bit uncomfortable, a new study establishes (yet again). Yale University researchers reviewed previous surveys on the topic and concluded:
"Patients believe that [financial ties] influence professional behavior and should be disclosed. Patients, physicians, and research participants believe [financial ties] decrease the quality of research evidence, and, for some, knowledge of [financial ties] would affect willingness to participate in research."
Along these lines, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, which represents 32 medical societies, announced last week a new ethics code intended to limit potential influence over patient care. Here's that story, "Doctor groups set new policy to curb industry sway."
Concern about such ties seems to be building -- in some circles anyway.
-- Tami Dennis
Photo: Los Angeles Times