Dr. Cabrera and team published in ‘Neurosurgical Focus’

Laura Cabrera photoCenter Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Cabrera and co-authors Hayden M. K. Boyce, MD, Rachel McKenzie, and Robyn Bluhm, PhD, have an article in the August 2018 issue of Neurosurgical Focus. “Conflicts of interest and industry professional relationships in psychiatric neurosurgery: a comparative literature review” stems from the authors’ Science and Society at State (S3) project, “Psychiatric Interventions: Values and Public Attitudes.”

Abstract: Objective: The research required to establish that psychiatric treatments are effective often depends on collaboration between academic clinical researchers and industry. Some of the goals of clinical practice and those of commercial developers of psychiatric therapies overlap, such as developing safe and effective treatments. However, there might also be incompatible goals; physicians aim to provide the best care they can to their patients, whereas the medical industry ultimately aims to develop therapies that are commercially successful. In some cases, however, clinical research may be aiming both at improved patient care and commercial success. It is in these cases that a conflict of interest (COI) arises. The goal of this study was to identify differences and commonalities regarding COIs between 2 kinds of somatic psychiatric interventions: pharmacological and neurosurgical.

The full text is available online via Journal of Neurosurgery (MSU Library or other institutional access may be required to view this article).

To learn more about this study, listen to Laura Cabrera, Robyn Bluhm, and Rachel McKenzie on the Center’s podcast, No Easy Answers in Bioethics: Public Perception of Psychiatric Interventions: Cabrera, Bluhm, and McKenzie – Episode 5.

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