Most physicians (94%) reported some type of relationship with the pharmaceutical industry, and most of these relationships involved receiving food in the workplace (83%) or receiving drug samples (78%). More than one third of the respondents (35%) received reimbursement for costs associated with professional meetings or continuing medical education, and more than one quarter (28%) received payments for consulting, giving lectures, or enrolling patients in trials. Cardiologists were more than twice as likely as family practitioners to receive payments.Click here to access the abstract.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Physicians and industry survey results
The results of a 2003-2004 survey of 3,167 physicians representing six specialties have just been published in the New England Journal of Medicine: