What is it about?

Interactions between pharmaceutical and medical device industries and students can lead to commercial influences on educational messages, with a potential to bias future treatment choice. This is the first study in the Baltic countries describing exposure and attitudes of medical, pharmacy and nursing students towards cooperation with industry.

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Why is it important?

The findings highlight the need to include topics on ethics and conflicts of interests in cooperation with industry in curriculum of health care students in Baltic countries. Without proper training, students continue to be at risk to industry influence and may develop habits for their further practice differing from evidence-based practice in prescribing and dispensing of medicines, as well as use of medical devices.

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This is a first research study looking at medical students' cooperation with pharmaceutical and medical device industry in the Baltic states - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Dr Signe Mezinska
University of Latvia

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This page is a summary of: Medical, pharmacy and nursing students in the Baltic countries: interactions with the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, BMC Medical Education, April 2020, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1186/s12909-020-02008-5.
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