Call for Papers: Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Medicine
The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics will be
presenting a conference on Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Medicine at
the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law on October 27-28, 2011. We are
calling for proposals on the following sub-topics, listed below. Anyone selected
to participate will be asked to present at the conference in Pittsburgh and
soon after prepare a scholarly paper for publication on the topic in a special
issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine
Proposals should be between 500-1,000 words and length and should
be related to at least one of the topics listed below. Proposals can address
more than one topic. All proposals will be reviewed by the conference chairs,
David Orentlicher of Indiana School of Law and Aaron Kesselheim of Brigham and
Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Proposals should be submitted by
July 10, 2011 to Ted Hutchinson, Executive Director of ASLME, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topics of Interest:
the successes and shortcomings of prior steps taken to address financial
relationships and other influences?
With prior steps to address conflicts, have we been nibbling only
at the edges without addressing the core problems?
what we know about how disclosure works, how should financial
relationships and other influences be disclosed?
policies beyond disclosure should be adopted? Which, if any, influences should be
physician and patient interpretation of conflicts make it difficult to
address problematic conflicts of interest (e.g., accounting for denialism—gifts
don’t influence me; legalism—I only need to satisfy legal standards; and reverse
signaling—the presence of conflicts reflects a physician’s prominence)?
aspects of the health care system and/or medical research system make
financial relationships and other conflicts more or less influential?
amenable are existing relationships and influences to regulation,
especially in an era of shrinking resources?
financial relationships and other influences beneficial to progress in
the health care system learn from the regulation of conflicts of interest
in other professions and/or other countries?
What are the kinds of academic-industry
relationships that should be promoted?
policies regulating conflicts of interest be adopted by health care
institutions, federal regulatory agencies, legislatures, or others?
What are the key steps moving forward, where are the key players, and
how do we implement/fund ideas?
evidence needs to be collected, or what issues need to be defined—how can methods
in conflicts of interest be improved so that analysis reflects data rather
than anecdote, and how are outcomes measured?
How should goals be measured?