TRUSTING DOCTORS: TRICKY BUSINESS WHEN IT COMES TO
CLINICAL TRIALS


Frances H. Miller

Boston University School of Law Working Paper 01-09

Abstract

This article examines the troublesome ethical dilemmas arising out of physician conflicts
of interest in the context of research on human beings. It focuses on the inevitable
conflict between the objectives of clinical investigators and those of their human
subjects to illuminate subtle divergences of interest in doctor-patient relationships that
patients often do not recognize - or want to believe. Once perceived, however, these
potentially corroding conflicts can stun research subjects and their families, and leave
them feeling deeply betrayed by their clinicians. The article concludes that a
researcher's substantial financial conflicts constitute material information which, absent
compelling circumstances, the researcher ought to disclose to human subjects as a
matter of course.

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Frances W. Miller Contact Information

fmiller@bu.edu
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
USA
(617) 353-4469

Presentation and Publication Information:

Boston University Law Review, Vol. 81, P. 423, 2001

Social Science Research Network Electronic Paper Collection:

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=275628


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