Freedom of medical research and treatment around the globe
Expanding medical knowledge through research, enhancing patients’ well-being through medical treatment, and securing the best available treatment are universal aspirations shared by researchers, health care professionals and patients around the globe. Their freedom to translate these aspirations in actual results is contained by the regulatory environments in which researchers, health care professionals and patients live. Regulatory environments differ from nation to nation: some support freedom of researchers, health care professionals and patients; some limit it. Aiming to raise awareness of such differences and to foster an evidence-based dialogue between policymakers, patients, the medical community and society, this project monitors the degree of freedom that researchers, health care professionals and patients enjoy in each jurisdiction around the globe. Researching and measuring “freedom” is an important task as it allows understanding the context in which science and medicine advance.