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Research ethics

Research is an essential part of medical care. Some of the ethical issues connected to research include:

  • informed consent
  • disclosure
  • privacy
  • scientific integrity
  • conflict of interest

The CMA has developed an online tool (2008) to help guide clinician researchers who have been asked to participate in a research trial.

CMA policies

Animals in Biomedical Research (2000; most recent)

Additional resources

Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans

Justice Canada: Canadian Institutes of Health Research Act

World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

American College of Physicians: Research Ethics and Integrity

World Health Organization: Ethical standards and procedures for research with human beings