HEC Forum

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 5-17

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A Pilot Qualitative Study of “Conflicts of Interests and/or Conflicting Interests” Among Canadian Bioethicists. Part 1: Five Cases, Experiences and Lessons Learned

  • Andrea FrolicAffiliated withHamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University Medical Center Email author 
  • , Paula ChidwickAffiliated withWilliam Osler Health Centre, Etobicoke General Hospital

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In this pilot qualitative study 13 clinical bioethicists from across Canada were interviewed about their experiences of conflicts of interest and/or conflicting interests in their professional roles. The interviews generated five composite cases. Participants reported being significantly impacted by these experiences both personally and professionally.


Bioethics Clinical ethics consultation Clinical ethics