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Clinical Ethics Consulting and Conflict of Interest: Structurally Intertwined

From: Hastings Center Report
Volume 37, Number 2, March-April 2007
pp. 32-40 | 10.1353/hcr.2007.0030


Clinical ethical consultants are subject to an unavoidable conflict of interest. Their work requires that they be independent, but incentives attached to their role chip relentlessly at independence. This is a problem without any solution, but it can at least be ameliorated through careful management.