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Device Representatives in the Clinic: Help, hindrance or liability?

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Piper Alderman Moot Court

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Device Representatives in the Clinic: Help, hindrance or liability?


Presenter: Associate Professor Bernadette Richards

Medical devices are complex, high tech and increasingly complicated and they play an important role in the continued improvement of healthcare. Their technical complexity represents both their strength and their weakness. The strength is self evident, improved quality of patient care and cutting edge treatment, the weakness is more complicated and can be summarised in the question: How can clinicians keep pace with change and make informed decisions whether to adopt the use of one device or another? The response to this question has been the introduction of industry representatives into the clinical environment. This raises a number of policy, regulatory and ethical issues that will be considered in this presentation. These include: consent of the patient, the outsourcing of expertise, potential conflict of interest (commercial v clinical interests), harm to professionalism, benefits of device representative involvement and the risk of stifling innovation through over regulation. In short, does the introduction of device representatives into the clinical relationship represent a help, a hindrance or a liability?

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