Scientific Judgment and the Limits of Conflict-of-Interest Policies

TitleScientific Judgment and the Limits of Conflict-of-Interest Policies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsElliott, KC
JournalAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number08989621
Accession Number28111433
Keywordsbias , Conflict , Disclosure , JUDGMENT , judgments , private , research , SOCIAL , VALUES
AbstractThis article argues that the three major elements of typical university conflict-of-interest policies (i.e., disclosure, management, and elimination of conflicts via divestiture or recusal) are likely to be insufficient for screening out many worrisome influences of financial conflicts of interests. Current psychological research challenges the effectiveness of disclosure, management plans are unlikely to address the wide range of ways that financial COIs can influence scientific judgment, and it is often impractical to eliminate conflicts.
NotesElliott, Kevin C. 1; Email Address:; Affiliations: 1: Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA; Issue Info: Jan-Mar2008, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p1; Thesaurus Term: CONFLICT of interests; Thesaurus Term: RESEARCH; Thesaurus Term: CONFLICT management; Subject Term: JUDGMENT; Subject Term: SOCIAL sciences -- Methodology; Author-Supplied Keyword: bias; Author-Supplied Keyword: conflict of interest; Author-Supplied Keyword: disclosure; Author-Supplied Keyword: judgments; Author-Supplied Keyword: private interest science; Author-Supplied Keyword: values; Number of Pages: 29p; Document Type: Article
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