The International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare is an interprofessional collaborative effort involving people, organizations and institutions around the world working together to restore core human values to healthcare. These human values include Compassion, Respect for Persons, Commitment to Integrity and Ethical Practice, Commitment to Excellence, and Justice in Healthcare.
Placing emphasis on our core values will help to solve many problems in healthcare -- ranging from excessive cost and profit to inadequate care for the less fortunate and underserved. The Charter is meant to inspire a movement to improve care by restoring the primacy of human values, to place them at the center, and to make them the goal of every effort in healthcare.
The Charter was created in early 2011, and is an initiative of the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare (IRCCH). IRCCH (formerly known as the International Collaborative for Communication in Healthcare) was formally launched at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Technology Sydney, Australia in June 2013. Curtin University, Western Australia, joined in July 2013 as a strategic partner.
The International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare has over 50 members from 11 countries around the world.