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Introduction to Ethical Standards for Person-centered Health Research

James Appleyard


Trust in physicians is an essential part of the patient / physician dialogue, a relationship on which advances in medicine depend, be they new ideas or applications of old ideas to new situations. Trust is based on mutual understanding and a firm commitment by physicians to a code of ethics, which reflects the principles of beneficence, non-malfeasance, justice, fidelity and confidentiality with respect for the person. The four presentations at the 6th Geneva Conference by Dr. Otmar Kloiber, Secretary General of the World Medical Association; Dr. Marie-Charlotte Bouësseau from  Global Health Ethics of the World health Organization; Professor George N. Christodoulou,  World Federation for Mental Health; and Professor M.B. Vallotton, Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences, illustrate four different perspectives and provide important lessons for the future.


Medical research, Human Subjects, Epidemiology, Ethical Principles, Trust, World Medical Association, World Health Organization, Research Ethics Committees, Person Centered Medicine

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