The purpose of this exploratory study was to survey physicians'attitudes surrounding the'gift relationship'between pharmaceutical companies and physicians.
A survey was mailed to 1000 randomly selected West Virginia physicians, of which 283 (28.3%) responses were received.
The most commonly received gifts reported by the study physicians were trinkets (77.4%), followed by books (41.7%) and meals (41%). Principal component analysis and varimax rotation identified seven physician belief constructs.
The mean ratings of the constructs indicated that the physicians slightly agreed that pharmaceutical companies give gifts to physicians to influence their prescribing, moderately disagreed that they do so as a form of professional recognition of physicians, and strongly disagreed that their prescribing behaviour could be influenced by the gifts they receive.
Physicians slightly disagreed that pharmaceutical companies'sponsoring of CME programmes are only promotional gimmicks.
Although the study physicians slightly disagreed that it may be inappropriate for them to accept gifts from pharmaceutical companies, they seemed slightly averse to having'gift relationships'between pharmaceutical companies and physicians made public. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Industrie pharmaceutique, Médecin, Relation professionnelle, Indépendance, Analyse exploratoire, Attitude, Influence, Analyse corrélation, Relation conseiller client, Relation soignant soigné, Prescription médicale, Ethique, Déontologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Pharmaceutical industry, Physician, Professional relation, Independence, Exploratory analysis, Attitude, Influence, Correlation analysis, Client counselor relation, Health staff patient relation, Medical prescription, Ethics, Deontology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0079725
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 14/05/1998.