Financial conflicts of interest in plastic surgery

Background, potential for bias, disclosure, and transparency

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Abstract

Summary: Relationships between physicians and industry, whether it be pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, or purveyors of medical technology, contain both an element of potential for good and a potential for harm. Certainly, the potential for good is realized when the collaboration results in improved plastic surgery patient care due to product and technology development. If the collaboration contains a financial component, the potential for harm exists in the form of a financial conflict of interest on the part of the physician. Recently, considerable discussion has been directed toward the pervasiveness of financial conflict of interest in all three arenas of the profession of medicine: education, research, and clinical practice, although an overlap exists among all three with respect to the issue of conflict of interest. This article will focus on conflict of interest in plastic surgery education, both continuing medical education for practitioners and graduate medical education for plastic surgery residents, as well as conflict of interest in research, such as conflicts related to publications in our literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1149-1155
Number of pages7
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Volume135
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

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Plastic Surgery
Physicians
Graduate Medical Education
Education
Continuing Medical Education
Research
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Patient Care
Industry
Medicine
Technology
Equipment and Supplies
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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