October 20, 2013
by Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HN-BC, faculty, Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP), Tufts University School of Medicine
In 1964, the Declaration of Helsinki ushered in a new paradigm of thinking about medical ethics and research worldwide. Since that time there have been seven revisions of the original Declaration of Helsinki, the most recent one being released this week by the World Medical Association. In the past 50 years healthcare has undergone a myriad of changes, including additional checks and balances for patient protection, such as informed consent and hospital ethics committees: the Declaration of Helsinki has been instrumental in helping to increase awareness of the importance of ethic principles in relation to patients and human research participants. As a living document, there will undoubtedly be continued revisions of the Declaration of Helsinki in years to come. It is important to realize that as far as we have come in the past 50 years, building awareness of ethics in patient care and human subject research, there is still much work to be done locally, nationally and globally.
Click here to read the newly released 2013 Declaration of Helsinki. Are there additional areas that you would amend or revise ?