The Declaration of Helsinki (DoH): Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects was revised by the World Medical Association (WMA) at the 64th WMA General Assembly, Fortaleza, Brazil, October 2013.1
What has changed?
Finding the differences in new revisions of guidelines is not obvious. Unfortunately, the creators usually do not provide diffs between versions. This is a pity and complicates the understanding of everyone since no one really knows what has changed.
[Update 22.10.2013: I’ve improved my comparison, see improved comparison based on synchronized texts.]
I have created a side-by-side comparison (HTML, 205 KiB), in order to have something to start with.
By clicking the above link, you will see the saved comparison as static HTML page. Differences are shown word-by-word.
I created this comparison after seeing a tweet of Ben Goldacre.
anyone written an interesting commentary on new Declaration of Helsinki yet? Important changes? http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1760318
pandoc -f markdown_phpextra -t markdown_phpextra --atx-headers -o doh2013.norm.md doh2013.md
pandoc -f markdown_phpextra -t markdown_phpextra --atx-headers -o doh2008.norm.md doh2008.md
diff -U9999999 --minimal doh2008.norm.md doh2013.norm.md > doh_2008_2013.diff
# Generate pretty HTML
diff2html.py -o doh_2008_2013.diff.html -i doh_2008_2013.diff -a 1
I have already created a similar comparison for a Swiss conflict of interest guideline (German) and could reuse this tool chain.
- I hope this side-by-side comparison is useful.
- I hope the creators of guideline revisions provide diffs and better archives in the future.