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Ethical considerations in dental laser research, education, and practice
Author(s): Alan T. Goldstein; Donald J. Coluzzi; John G. Sulewski; Joel M. White
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Paper Abstract

This presentation addresses the interplay between commerce and conscience. The relationship between industry and academia must be free of both true and apparent conflict of interest. Obviously, the matter is of great importance, since as scientists and clinicians, our integrity is our most valuable asset. This is no less true for the manufacturers of dental laser technology. Ethics, then, is a bottom-line issue for all concerned. Often, in spite of good intentions, there has been no clear-cut policy on this issue. Occasionally, when there has been policy, there has been no mechanism for implementation. Universities have conflict-of-interest requirements, while industry and others in the profession do not. In the academic sphere, we are obligated to be open, thorough, honest and scrupulous in our research and educational activities. Recently, the Board of Directors of the Academy of Laser Dentistry unanimously passed a resolution clarifying their position on conflict-of-interest issues. We offer it to SPIE so that ultimately, we may face our profession and business colleagues squarely, and with full and faithful disclosure. Issues of conflict of interest, principal investigators, financial interests, and recommendations for full disclosure are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1995
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2394, Lasers in Dentistry, (1 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207434
Show Author Affiliations
Alan T. Goldstein, private practice (United States)
Donald J. Coluzzi, private practice (United States)
John G. Sulewski, Institute for Laser Dentistry (United States)
Joel M. White, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2394:
Lasers in Dentistry
Harvey A. Wigdor; John D. B. Featherstone; Joel M. White, Editor(s)

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