Education And Debate

Ethics in health care and research in European transition countries: reality and future prospects

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 21 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:230
  1. Ana Marušić1 (, editor
  1. 1 Croatian Medical Journal, Šalata 3, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia

    Borovećki et al examined the structure and performance of hospital ethics committees in Croatia, as a paradigm of healthcare ethical regulations in transitional countries.1 They found out that these bodies were highly bureaucratic and concerned almost exclusively with approval of research protocols, and that their members were mostly older physicians without the knowledge and skills that would be useful for the other functions of the ethics committees (education, guidelines development and ethical case analysis).

    The same legalistic and bureaucratic organisation is a characteristic of the whole legal regulation of health care and health professionals in a transitional country such as Croatia.2 It is thus not …

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