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December 11, 2018

Institutional Conflicts of Interest and Public Trust

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • 2University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • 3Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • 4general counsel, University of Texas System, Austin
JAMA. 2018;320(22):2305-2306. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.18482

The World Medical Association developed the Declaration of Helsinki as a statement regarding ethical principles for medical research involving human research participants and directs physicians to promote and safeguard the health, well-being, and rights of patients. Included in this declaration is the requirement that each potential research participant be informed of possible conflicts of interest among the researchers conducting the study.1 Many clinical trials and biomedical research projects are funded by the private sector and have led to the development of important novel therapeutics and devices that improve the health of individuals and society.

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