Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology / 2003 / Article

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Volume 17 |Article ID 508964 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2003/508964

Alan BR Thomson, "Perhaps the Time Has Come", Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 17, Article ID 508964, 3 pages, 2003. https://doi.org/10.1155/2003/508964

Perhaps the Time Has Come

Received09 Sep 2003
Revised09 Sep 2003

Abstract

A conflict of interest occurs in a situation in which professional judgment regarding a primary interest, such as research, education or patient care, may be unduly influenced by a secondary interest, such as financial gain or personal prestige. Conflicts of interest exist in every walk of life, including medicine and science. There is nothing inherently unethical in finding oneself in a conflict of interest. Rather, the key questions are whether one recognizes the conflict, and how one deals with it. Strategies include disclosing the conflict, establishing a system of review and authorization, and prohibiting the activities that lead to the conflict.

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