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Perceived Conflict of Interest in Health Science Partnerships

Besley, John C.; McCright, Aaron M.; Zahry, Nagwan R.; Elliott, Kevin C.; Kaminski, Norbert E.; Martin, Joseph D.

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John C. Besley

Aaron M. McCright

Nagwan R. Zahry

Kevin C. Elliott

Norbert E. Kaminski


University scientists conducting research on topics of potential health concern often want to partner with a range of actors, including government entities, non-governmental organizations, and private enterprises. Such partnerships can provide access to needed resources, including funding. However, those who observe the results of such partnerships may judge those results based on who is involved. This set of studies seeks to assess how people perceive two hypothetical health science research collaborations. In doing so, it also tests the utility of using procedural justice concepts to assess perceptions of research legitimacy as a theoretical way to investigate conflict of interest perceptions. Findings show that including an industry collaborator has clear negative repercussions for how people see a research partnership and that these perceptions shape people’s willingness to see the research as a legitimate source of knowledge. Additional research aimed at further communicating procedures that might mitigate the impact of industry collaboration is suggested.


Besley, J. C., McCright, A. M., Zahry, N. R., Elliott, K. C., Kaminski, N. E., & Martin, J. D. (2017). Perceived Conflict of Interest in Health Science Partnerships. PLoS ONE, 12(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 20, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 18, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 4, 2019
Journal PLoS ONE
Publisher Public Library of Science
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 4


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Corrected version 10th August 2018 © 2017 Besley et al. This is an open<br /> access article distributed under the terms of the<br /> Creative Commons Attribution License, which<br /> permits unrestricted use, distribution, and<br /> reproduction in any medium, provided the original<br /> author and source are credited.

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