Increased emphasis on conflicts of interest has yet to sway physicians’ generally positive attitudes toward drug and device manufacturers’ marketing activities, a survey of almost 600 attending physicians and trainees showed.
More than 70% of respondents saw nothing inappropriate about attending sponsored lunches, and 25% had no problems with accepting large gifts from industry representatives, according to an article in the June issue of Archives of Surgery.
Surgeons, trainees, and respondents unfamiliar with institutional policies on conflict of interest tended to have more positive attitudes about gifts.
“Our finding of overall positive physician attitudes is notable in this time of increasing public concern about potential conflicts of interest, increasing regulation, and a move toward stricter guidelines for physician-industry interactions,” Deborah Korenstein, MD, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and colleagues wrote in conclusion.
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