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Title: Acknowledging Tissue Donation: Human Cadaveric Specimens in Musculoskeletal Research
Authors: Winkelmann, Andreas
Heinze, Anne-Kathrin
Issue Date: 2016
Source: CLINICAL ANATOMY, 29 (1), p. 65-69
Abstract: Human cadaveric specimens are an important resource for research, particularly in biomechanical studies, but their use also raises ethical questions and cannot simply be taken for granted. It was asked how much information authors publishing musculoskeletal research actually give about such specimens and about how they were acquired. The aim was to formulate recommendations on how this reporting might be improved. Relevant articles published between 2009 and 2012 in four North American or European journals were scanned for information regarding the characteristics of the human specimens used, their institutional source and the ethical or legal context of their acquisition. While the majority of articles report biological characteristics of specimens (sex, age at death, preservation method), only 40% of articles refer to body donation, only 23% report the institution that provided specimens, and only 17% refer to some kind of formalized approval of their research. There were regional and journal-to-journal differences. No standard for reporting studies involving human specimens could be detected. It is suggested that such a standard be developed by researchers and editors. Information on the source of specimens and on the ethical or legal basis should be regularly reported to acknowledge this unique research resource and to preserve the good relationship between researchers and the communities, that provide the required specimens by body donation and upon which researchers depend. (C) 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Notes: [Winkelmann, Andreas] Brandenburg Med Sch, Inst Anat, Neuruppin, Germany. [Heinze, Anne-Kathrin] Charite, Inst Vegetat Anat, D-13353 Berlin, Germany. [Hendrix, Sven] Hasselt Univ, Biomed Res Inst, Dept Morphol, Hasselt, Belgium.
Keywords: anatomy; biomechanics; ethics of research; editorial guidelines;anatomy; biomechanics; ethics of research; editorial guidelines
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ISSN: 0897-3806
e-ISSN: 1098-2353
DOI: 10.1002/ca.22650
ISI #: 000367926600012
Rights: © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2017
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