Global health ethics

Ethics in epidemics, emergencies and disasters: Research, surveillance and patient care

WHO training manual

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WHO

Ethics in epidemics, emergencies and disasters: Research, surveillance and patient care.

Publication details

Number of pages: 276
Publication date: 2015
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 154934 9

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Overview

Responses to epidemics, emergencies and disasters raise many ethical issues for the people involved, including public health specialists and policy makers. This training manual provides material on ethical issues in research, surveillance and patient care in these difficult contexts.

The manual has two parts: Part 1 covers ethical issues in research and surveillance, such as conflicts that might arise between the common good and individual autonomy, ethics oversight and publication ethics. Part 2 covers patient care, including triage, standards of care and the professional duties of health care workers in emergencies.

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