Institutional Academic-Industry Relationships
Campbell, Eric G.
Weissman, Joel S.
Rao, Sowmya R.
Goold, Susan Dorr
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association 2007 October 17; 298(15): 1779-1786
CONTEXT: Institutional academic-industry relationships have the potential of creating institutional conflicts of interest. To date there are no empirical data to support the establishment and evaluation of institutional policies and practices related to managing these relationships. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a national survey of department chairs about the nature, extent, and consequences of institutional-academic industry relationships for medical schools and teaching hospitals. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: National survey of department chairs in the 125 accredited allopathic medical schools and the 15 largest independent teaching hospitals in the United States, administered between February 2006 and October 2006. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Types of relationships with industry. RESULTS: A total of 459 of 688 eligible department chairs completed the survey, yielding an overall response rate of 67%. Almost two-thirds (60%) of department chairs had some form of personal relationship with industry, including serving as a consultant (27%), a member of a scientific advisory board (27%), a paid speaker (14%), an officer (7%), a founder (9%), or a member of the board of directors (11%). Two-thirds (67%) of departments as administrative units had relationships with industry. Clinical departments were more likely than nonclinical departments to receive research equipment (17% vs 10%, P = .04), unrestricted funds (19% vs 3%, P
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Ehringhaus, Susan H.; Weissman, Joel S.; Sears, Jacqueline L.; Goold, Susan Dorr; Feibelmann, Sandra; Campbell, Eric G. (2008-02-13)CONTEXT: Institutional financial conflicts of interest may affect research results. No national data exist on the extent to which US medical schools have formally responded to challenges associated with institutional ...