clinical research ethics, competing interests, conflicts of interest, research ethics, university-industry relations
Clinician researchers have a number of roles, each of which carries specific obligations. There are times when these obligations may be in competition (up to and including conflict) with each other. Using a narrative case study that describes a group of colleagues discussing their clinical department's participation in an industry-sponsored research protocol, we illustrate a number of the obligations faced by clinician researchers, and discuss how competing interests and obligations can lead to ethical problems. The case study is followed by a discussion of the effect of university–industry relations on competing interests and obligations in both clinical research and the role of the university, and a suggested framework that could be used to determine when university involvement in commercial research is ethically acceptable.
Robyn Bluhm, Jocelyn Downie & Jeff Nisker, "Dr. Cézanne and the Art of Re(Peat)Search: Competing Interests and Obligations in Clinical Research" (2010) 17:2 Accountability in Research 85.