Statistical Assessment of a Conflict of Interest

How do you measure the incidence of bias when doctors own a stake in a treatment center?
Paul Glasserman  | Spring 2009
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Since the early 1990s, the medical community and government regulators have debated the question of self-referrals: Is it ethical for a physician to refer patients to an outside facility in which the physician has a financial interest, but no professional responsibility? This case teaches students the role of statistics in measuring the impact of a conflict of interest. Students compare the results of two studies, conducted in California and Florida, designed to assess the practice of self-referrals, and analyze how the methods used in the studies affected the results.

Case ID: 090201

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