Workshop on "Analysis of ethical principles in clinical decision-making and research with human beings"
This meeting between UNESCO and the bioethics committees of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (Costa Rican Social Security, CCSS) aims to generate space for discussion around ethical principles considered in the decision-making or recommendations in clinical bioethics and bioethics in research that are applied in the proposed methodology by the department of bioethics of the CCSS.
The bioethics committees are spaces of communication open to ethical reflection, that help to induce individual and collective ethical responsibility, rather than imposing abstract norms. Clinical bioethics committees appear as intermediate sites between national or institutional committees and individual deliberation. Their essential function is to improve the quality of patient care through the identification, analysis and resolution of problems related to its care. In practice, this function is expressed through three activities: support for decisions, establishment of procedures and training of staff. These actions are based on ethical principles such as beneficence, autonomy and vulnerability, principles of UNESCO's Universal Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights.