Health authority bans physician shadowing

November 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/20/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 11, p1339
Academic Journal
The article reports on the new policy directive issued by Fraser Health in British Columbia that prohibits sales visits with staff or physicians in clinical care areas. It also addressed that these business meetings be held away from patients and outlawed offices. Such memorandum caused a discussion that has startled many ethicists and administrators in Canada. Authority officials stated that educational sessions by company representatives are not affected but the authority disallowed donations of drugs or equipment to its public facilities. According to Dr. Peter Hill, vice president, Academics, Research & Clinical System Re-Design for Fraser Health, the goal is to avoid bias and instead promote best practices.


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