Finder's Fees for Research Subjects
Lind, Stuart E.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1990 Jul 19; 323(3): 192-195.
A physician speaks out against the practice of offering a finder's fee to physicians who refer patients to investigators recruiting subjects for clinical trials. Lind considers clinical practice and clinical research to be two sides of the same coin, with similar principles and mores, and believes that the same objections to finder's fees for referring patients to other physicians apply to fees for referring patients to investigators. He argues that the payment of finder's fees has the potential to violate the patient's trust in the referring physician, in the researcher, and in the process of clinical medicine. Lind proposes strengthening the links between practicing physicians and clinical investigators as a better way of increasing the number of research subjects through voluntary referral by physicians. (KIE abstract)
Attitudes; Clinical Trials; Coercion; Conflict of Interest; Clinical Investigators; Clinical Research; Consent; Consultation; Disclosure; Ethics; Human Experimentation; Incentives; Informed Consent; Internship and Residency; Interprofessional Relations; Investigator Subject Relationship; Investigators; Medical Ethics; Medicine; Moral Policy; Patient Care; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Policy Analysis; Referral and Consultation; Remuneration; Research; Research Subjects; Residency; Selection of Subjects; Trust;
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