In a wide-ranging multifaceted review, the current edition of JAMA, published online May 2, explores the complex landscape of physician conflicts of interest (COIs) and suggests remedial solutions.
As healthcare expenditure, transparency, patient-centered medicine, and physician–patient trust take center stage, the 44-page, 23-essay review offers opinions and strategies from medical specialists as well as ethicists, public policy advocates, health economists, and experts in decision-making behavior.
"This issue has been an important one in medicine for well over a decade," said JAMA Editor-in-Chief Howard C. Bauchner, MD, a professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts, in an interview with Medscape Medical News. "[COI] is critical to the health and well-being of the medical profession because the profession relies on trust. We have to get this right."