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Steven S. Coughlin, Tom L. Beauchamp, and Douglas L. Weed

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322934.001.0001

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Ethical Issues in International Health Research and Epidemiology

Ethical Issues in International Health Research and Epidemiology

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Ethics and Epidemiology

John D. H. Porter

Carolyn Stephens

Anthony Kessel

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the ethical issues that arise in the course of undertaking epidemiological and international health research, focusing on ethical issues that the researcher inevitably has to grapple with during the conduct of research. These include how to plan and develop international research, the value systems of different cultures and countries, particular issues in low-income countries such as those around priority-setting, equity, and consent, external sponsorship and ethical review of research, and what happens when the research is over. It argues that although following guidelines and adhering to the law are both important, it is critical that the researcher approaches the research with an open mind and willing heart. There is no replacement whatsoever for thoughtfulness, sensitivity, and treating people with respect and dignity.

Keywords:   international research, ethics, public health research, epidemiological research, priority setting, equity, consent, sponsorship

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