6 Statistics on Patient Opinion of Orthopedic Surgeon Relationships With Device Companies

While only 6 percent of patients in the United States are worried about financial relationships between surgeons and device industry representatives, most patients feel surgeons should not receive gifts from industry members, according to a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

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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