US doctors are unwilling to pay more to abolish industry funded education

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 10 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2948
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are concerned about the influence of drug and medical device manufacturers in funding continuing medical education (CME) programmes but are reluctant to pay more for such activities themselves, a survey has found.

Researchers offered a 22 question survey at one day CME activities conducted by the International AIDS Society USA in five cities (Atlanta, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington) in early 2009.

Nearly 800 people completed the survey (770 of 1347 offers (57%)). Most were doctors (55%) or nurses and physician assistants (35%). Responses were grouped as doctor or “other” for purposes of analysis (Archives of Internal Medicine …

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