Conflicts of interest in Australia’s IVF industry: an empirical analysis and call for action

Brette Blakely, Jane Williams, Christopher Mayes, Ian Kerridge, Wendy Lipworth

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Abstract

In Australia, the growing assisted reproductive technologies (ART) industry has recently received some public criticism. Much of this criticism centres on the concern that doctors are increasingly motivated by profit, rather than patient interests. These concerns appear to suggest that the growing business of ART generates conflicts of interest (COI) for clinicians. While media reports may be rhetorically compelling, claims that ART practice is distorted by COI must be supported by empirical evidence. This preliminary study sought to engage with people involved with the ART industry and map out their concerns related to COI in ART. A small convenience sample of eight professionals was interviewed. Here, we present the major themes uncovered, including a richer understanding of the ‘interests’ of various parties involved in Australian ART. We then propose a strategy for how this topic could be constructively explored.
LanguageEnglish
Pages230-237
Number of pages8
JournalHuman Fertility
Volume22
Issue number4
Early online date1 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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Keywords

  • artificial reproductive techniques
  • Australia
  • Conflict of interest
  • funding

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Blakely, Brette ; Williams, Jane ; Mayes, Christopher ; Kerridge, Ian ; Lipworth, Wendy. / Conflicts of interest in Australia’s IVF industry : an empirical analysis and call for action. In: Human Fertility. 2019 ; Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 230-237.
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In: Human Fertility, Vol. 22, No. 4, 11.2019, p. 230-237.

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