6 Statistics on Patient Opinion of Orthopedic Surgeon Relationships With Device Companies
Researchers surveyed 251 patients in the United States in a follow up to hip and knee arthroplasty about their feelings on the relationship between orthopedists and members of the device industry. The survey found:
• 69 percent of patients thought it was appropriate for surgeons to receive royalties from device companies for their inventions
• 48 percent thought payment for consultancy was appropriate
• 63 percent thought it was not appropriate for surgeons to receive gifts from industry
• 76 percent felt their surgeon would hold the patients' best interest in mind regardless of financial ties to a manufacturer
• 86 percent wanted professional organizations to ensure financial relationships were appropriate
• 26 percent supported government oversight of relationships between surgeons and device companies
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