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Acad Emerg Med. 2017 Dec;24(12):1517-1526. doi: 10.1111/acem.13253. Epub 2017 Oct 16.

Conflicts of Interest in Emergency Medicine.

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1
Department of Emergency Medicine, Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
2
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
3
Department of Emergency Medicine, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH.
4
Augusta Medical Center, Fishersville, VA.
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Department of Emergency Medicine, Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, PA.

Abstract

Conflicts of interest (COIs) are common in the practice of emergency medicine and may be present in the areas of clinical practice, relations with industry, expert witness testimony, medical education, research, and organizations. A COI occurs when there is dissonance between a primary interest and another interest. The concept of professionalism in medicine places the patient as the primary interest in any interaction with a physician. We contend that patient welfare is the ultimate interest in the entire enterprise of medicine. Recognition and management of potential, real, and perceived COIs is essential to the ethical practice of emergency medicine. This paper discusses how to recognize, address, and manage them.

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28688200
DOI:
10.1111/acem.13253
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