Ethical Considerations in Homeopathy Research
IACH - Prof. G. Vithoulkas
Ethical Considerations in Homeopathy Research

 

 

 

  1. Every research conducted should be in line with the WMA Declaration of Helsinki: Ethical principles for Medical Research involving human subjects: http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html
     
  2. Please note topic number 9: “It is the duty of physicians who are involved in medical research to protect the life, health, dignity and integrity, right to self-determination, privacy, and confidentiality of personal information of research subjects. The responsibility for the protection of research subjects must always rest with the physician or other health care professionals and never with the research subjects, even though they have given consent.” à all personal information shall not be opened to the public
     
  3. Every research project needs the permission of the ethical committee of their own countries. In multi-center projects, every center needs to adjust with the responsible ethical committee. Prospective projects need the informed consent of the research subject.
     
  4. The informed consent about the specific project should include all necessary information about the provided treatment, potential benefits and risks of the study, the time expenditures from the patients’ side and also suitable information about study design, the research group, affiliations as well as information about funding. The research subject shall be informed that it can withdraw from the study at every moment.
     
  5. All ethical considerations need to be mentioned at protocol-stage. Special focus shall be taken to the availability of on-call emergency care and the fulfillment of actual medical guide-lines.
     
  6. Placebo-controlled or waiting-list designs shall include the verum-treatment for the placebo-group after completion of the observation time. Please note consideration number 33 of the Helsinki-declaration of ethics in research (see link above)
     
  7. All research projects should be registered with the confinement to publish results entirely regardless of the previous expectations and opinions of the researchers.

 

For any question regarding the planning of your research project and the development of suitable protocols please feel free to contact us for assistance

 

WMA-Helsinki declaration ethics

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