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Table 2 MBE knowledge questions

From: Establishing the need and identifying goals for a curriculum in medical business ethics: a survey of students and residents at two medical centers in Missouri

Item stem with correct response in boldface MS % PG % X2
Estimate the percentage of academic physicians that have a financial relationship with industry? …    
5 – 15% 7.5% 11.8%  
15 – 25% 34.4% 41.6%  
25 – 50% 32.2% 28.9%  
> 50% 14.1% 10.8% 17.6**
I don’t know 7.7% 6.8%  
As noted in the AAMC and IOM documents on conflicts of interest in medicine, social science data suggests that    
“Self-serving bias is difficult to manage through disclosure alone”. 49.2% 58.9% 26.2**
 “Disclosure of conflicts of interest is sufficient to protect patients’ interests”. 5.9% 10.5%  
 “Most physicians will not disclose their conflicts of interest even when required”. 6.7% 6.1%  
 “Physicians with antisocial personalities harm patients when they have conflicts of interest”. 0.7% 0.5%  
I don’t know 37.6% 23.9%  
What percentage of the marketing budget of pharmaceutical companies is spent on free drug samples? …    
10% 12.3% 15.8%  
25% 26.9% 32.9%  
50% 19.7% 24.7% 23.3**
75% 5.9% 3.2%  
I don’t know 35.2% 23.4%  
The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 allows academic medical centers that receive government research funding to:    
 “Collaborate with private industry in medical research”. 10.4% 18.7%  
 “Retain the copyright on all scientific publications produced by faculty”. 4.1% 6.1%  
“Patent discoveries made with government research funding”. 10.7% 14.5% 27.2**
 “Bill for faculty salaries at a rate equal to the highest government employee salary”. 0.3% 0.8%  
I don’t know 74.6% 60.0%  
  1. ** = p < .01 MS n = 732, PG n = 380.