They know how to work it, that's their focus in life

the complex role of industry representatives in surgical innovation

Jane Johnson, Katrina Hutchison*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Relationships between health care providers and industry can generate conflicts of interest with their attendant harms. However, the types of relationships that involve conflicts of interest have often been understood narrowly as material ones between individual clinicians and industry. In research we undertook with surgical teams, we found the role of industry representatives has become normalized in the context of surgical innovation. In this article, we report the findings of our study and unpack the features of both surgery and innovation which contribute to the scope and normalization of industry involvement. We argue that these relationships generate significant ethical challenges and conclude by commenting on how our conceptualization of the situation might inform change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-474
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Volume13
Issue number5
Early online date15 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • bioethics
  • conflicts of interest/bias
  • device industry representatives
  • in-depth interviews
  • philosophy
  • surgery
  • surgical innovation

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