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Table 4 Thematic description of personal conflicts of interest situations

From: Investigator experiences with financial conflicts of interest in clinical trials

Financial Conflict of Interest Experienced by Investigators Witnessed in Colleagues Research
  Number (%)
(N = 85)
Examples from Free Text Comments Number (%)
(N = 236)
Examples from Free Text Comments
Recruitment 28 (33) Pressure to recruit patients 31 (13) Investigators receive direct benefit from enrolling patients
Study conduct 20 (24) Being asked to have a paper ghost-written 37 (16) Review focusing on trials with positive result
Personal financial incentives 9 (11) Possible financial gain by success of a drug/study 56 (24) Equity holding in a company whose product is being investigated
Conflicting roles 6 (7) Invented and patented devices and involved in their study 19 (8) Being the site principal investigator and the patient's physician