WMA White Papers

WMA White Paper on Social Media and Medicine

JDN_Social_media_white_paper_2012_cover-s This white paper examines the role of social media in the provision of health care, particularly in light of a recently adopted WMA Statement on the Professional and Ethical Use of Social Media.

The paper begins a comprehensive review on the growing phenomenon of social media by reviewing the definition of "Web 2.0" and offering a classification system based on current literature. This classification system provides an overview of the different types of social media in use by internet users today.

The paper continues by reviewing statistics related to the use of social media before examining considerations for the use of social media from the perspective of patients and physicians. It closes with a basic introduction to the specific legal and ethical considerations regarding the use of social media in the provision of medical services.

Author: Junior Doctor Network (Lawrence Loh, Jean-Marc Bourque, Daniel Lee, Stewart Morrison, Xaviour Walker)
Released in September 2012


WMA White Paper on Ethical Issues concerning Capital Punishment

WMA_white_Paper_cp_cover-s This background document was drafted by the Danish Medical Association on the initiative and with the support of WMA Workgroup on capital punishment, and released in June 2012. The paper explores the pro and against arguments related to capital punishment and the various ethical implications. Relevant information is available on the Human Rights section.


Professionalism and the Medical Association

WMA White paper on professionalism_cover-s This white paper is published to briefly review the current literature and thinking on medical professionalism, to highlight some of the various roles played by different medical organizations, and to examine the intersection between medical associations and professionalism. Finally, specific areas are proposed where representative medical associations might become involved in setting guidelines or developing policies in order to assist the collective profession, and by extension its individual members, maintain and enhance medical professionalism for the benefit of patients and the profession alike.

Author: Jeff Blackmer, MD MHSc FRCPC, Executive Director, Office of Ethics, Canadian Medical Association
Published in July 2007

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