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:

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.

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