Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research
The World Medical Association just released an update of the “Declaration of Helsinki: Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects“.
Paragraphs 35 and 36 on RESEARCH REGISTRATION AND PUBLICATION AND DISSEMINATION OF RESULTS state:
35. Every research study involving human subjects must be registered in a publicly accessible database before recruitment of the first subject.
36. Researchers, authors, sponsors, editors and publishers all have ethical obligations with regard to the publication and dissemination of the results of research. Researchers have a duty to make publicly available the results of their research on human subjects and are accountable for the completeness and accuracy of their reports. All parties should adhere to accepted guidelines for ethical reporting. Negative and inconclusive as well as positive results must be published or otherwise made publicly available. Sources of funding, institutional affiliations and conflicts of interest must be declared in the publication. Reports of research not in accordance with the principles of this Declaration should not be accepted for publication.
Read the full Declaration at World Medical Association website, October 2013
In a previous post detailing my time with the EQUATOR Network, I spoke about my work on the STrengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) statement. STROBE is one of the original “core” reporting guidelines which provides guidance...