David is a patient waiting in a treatment room at a walk-in clinic. He can hear the physician chatting and laughing with someone outside, and from the conversation he guesses that the physician is talking with a pharmaceutical sales representative. David has been waiting for almost two hours with a high fever. As the conversation outside continues, David becomes increasingly angry.
Do you think that the physician might have a conflict of interest? If so, how should it be managed?
- Howard Brody. 2005. The Company We Keep: Why Physicians Should Refuse to See Pharmaceutical Representatives. Annals of Family Medicine; 2005, Jan; 3(1): 82-85. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1466797/
- Michael McDonald: Ethics and Conflict of Interest. The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics | School of Population and Public Health. University of British Columbia. https://ethics.ubc.ca/peoplemcdonaldconflict-htm/