World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects

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Oct 22 2013 11:24
World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects

Huge announcement by the World Medical Association regarding ethics for human testing. It's a farily long document for people it doesn't directly affect but buried inside it is this:

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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.

It has been widely shown by a number of researchers over a period of years that negative and inconclusive results in medical research aren't published. This structural form of publication-bias exists because many medical studies - and almost ALL psychiatric research- is privately conducted and/or funded by the bodies that manufacture the interventions being tested. Failing to publish negative results is one of the ways in which they are able to manipulate findings to provide a false image that their products have a strong evidence base. This is pretty endemic to psychiatry, I couldn't comment on medicine in general.

This is HUGE news because if it is implemented and enforced it will completely change the face of the "evidence-base" in psychiatry.

If you're interested you can read the whole announcement here.