Journal article

Attitudes of physicians and public to pharmaceutical industry 'gifts'

PU Macneill, IH Kerridge, D Newby, BJ Stokes, E Doran, DA Henry

INTERNAL MEDICINE JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Few studies have reported the attitudes of both individual doctors and members of the public toward the appropriateness of 'gifts' from pharmaceutical companies. AIMS: To investigate the attitudes of both doctors and members of the public toward the appropriateness of receiving particular 'gifts' from pharmaceutical companies, and to consider whether public acceptability is a suitable criterion for determining the ethical appropriateness of 'gifts'. METHODS: A survey questionnaire of medical specialists in Australia and a survey questionnaire of members of the public itemized 23 'gifts' (valued between AU$10 and AU$2500) and asked whether or not each was appropriate. RESU..

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