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Are there ethical concerns and conflicts of interest I must consider?
The Objectivity in Research Rule (1995) states that an investigator must disclose to an official in his or her institution "any significant financial interests (and those of his/her spouse and dependent children) that would reasonably appear to be affected by the research proposed for federal funding. The institution must report the existence of conflicting interests to the sponsor prior to any expenditure of awarded funds.
Financial conflicts of interest may be only one type of
conflict that could influence a study. Many investigators
are driven by a desire to contribute to society and improve
health outcomes in their patients as well as the public. Care
must be taken to acknowledge and minimize conflicts when
the researcher is caring for the patient clinically or receiving
incentives to enroll patients into studies. Personal
motivators such as academic appointments, promotions and
tenure, additional grants or prizes, and publications can
be potential sources of conflict. As an investigator,
it is important that you recognize and handle potential conflicts
during your study. NHLBI
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