Study Examines Clinical Trial Volunteers' Perceptions of Investigators' Financial Interests


Investigators' financial interests have little effect on potential clinical trial participants.

NY-April 3, 2008-The Journal of General Internal Medicine published a new study online that takes a look at how disclosing the financial interests of investigators affects the willingness of potential trial volunteers to participate. Generally, the research-compiled by Duke University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Wake Forest School of Medicine and School of Law, and funded by the National Institutes of Health-showed that potential subjects' desires to volunteer were generally unaffected by learning about an investigator's financial interest, although some volunteers' levels of trust in the investigator was influenced upon the reveal of financial interests. To read more, visit

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