Conflicts of interest (COI) arise when the professional responsibilities of
individuals or organizations are, or have the potential to be, compromised by other, external obligations. The failure of fiduciary responsibility is the key concept in defining conflict of interest situations; conflicts occur when the public expects that professional with further the interests of their clients/patients, not their own personal interest.
The Institute on Medicine as a Profession studies how various health care institutions are addressing the concept of conflict of interest on a policy level. Our chief publications in the field include the following:
Should patient groups accept money from drug companies? No.
Barbara Mintzes, BMJ, May 3, 2007
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