How to avoid potential conflicts of interest

A summary of new guidelines from the AMA

The AMA has released new guidelines for avoiding or reducing the potential for conflicts of interest.

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Here is a summary of the main points applicable to all doctors:

  1. Always be up-front about relevant interests to patients.
  2. Seek independent advice to determine whether an actual or perceived conflict of interest exists.
  3. Do not accept or offer any inducement, gift or hospitality from patients or third parties (such as drug companies) that may affect, or be perceived to affect, patient care.
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