Healthcare Ethics: A dwindling Practice
Healthcare ethics revolves around providing care and treatment to patient by imparting medical benefit which is imperative for patients well being. Due to full disclosure policies exposing intimate details can make an individual vulnerable thus ethics helps in protecting both the patients and even doctors a certain amount of protection. However its far from the truth these days. Poor ethical conduct and increasing litigation against the healthcare professionals is the talk of the hour. These are primarily because of the growing awareness amongst individuals and healthcare professionals flouting rules to cut cost and increase profit. Medical ethics need to be incorporated in curriculum as per cultural, socioeconomic and geographical background. However we need to analyze the knowledge and attitude of healthcare practitioners regarding ethical practices.
The main aim of ICH-GCP (International Conference on Harmonisation – Good Clinical Practice) clinical trials guidelines is preserving and protecting the rights of humans throughout the globe. The need to regulate and control usage of drugs or medicine or devices in clinical trials for humans led to the formation of the ICH-GCP guidelines.
The goal of clinical research is to improve human health and the aim of ethical guidelines in clinical research is to protect patient volunteers from exploitation and malpractices.
Importance of Ethics
A set ofethicsrequired during clinical trials are called Clinical Research Ethics. On discovery of inhumane behaviour and abuse associated with participants of a clinical research experiment in the past, ethical guidelines were formulated.The main principles of ethical research are: non-exploitation; privacy and confidentiality; professional competence; enhance social and clinical value; improve scientific validity; unbiased subject selection; high accountability and transparency; precaution and risk minimization; informed consents from patients; respect towards potential and enrolled subjects.
Well-being is truly an essence of joyous living!
There is a saying from an author who says “The most exquisite pleasure in the practice of medicine comes from nudging a layman in the direction of terror, then bringing him back to safety again.” A doctor plays a crucial role in our lives and a is a pillar of safety in a healthy society. They play a significant role in rebuilding a tainted body into a fine feather. So, isn’t it imperative for doctors to be well versed in their field? The answer is unmistakably a yes!
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Clinical research is one of the mainstay parts of the drug discovery process that is carried out to ensure the efficacy and safety of the drug. Though it has a robust set of standards and guidelines, there have been some reports of unethically conducted trials giving rise to humanitarian concerns. This resulted in a decline in the number of clinical trials conducted in recent times. In this context, Indian government took initiatives to standardize the regulatory guidelines and enforced rules to maintain a balance between ethical issues and business. Continue reading
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It is common knowledge that clinical trials are required for all drugs and devices to make sure that they are effective and safe to use. This scenario is generating lot of job opportunities in this rapidly growing industry. Despite strict regulations implemented recently, India is growing as a hub for clinical research leading to demand Continue reading
A profession in clinical research is a wish for many individuals. Clinical research is a medical science function that consists of the screening of drugs, diagnostic equipment, and therapies and establishes their safety for human use. While there are several different paths an individual can take with this career, selecting the appropriate domain to suit ones abilities and aptitude is paramount. Continue reading
What is GCP?
Good Clinical Practice guidelines are the standards to design, perform, supervise, audit, document, analyse and report clinical trials. GCP guidelines also assist to secure the legal rights, reliability and privacy of trial participants. Continue reading