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Ethics in Epidemiology

Mervyn Susser, Zena Stein and Jennie Kline
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 437, Medical Ethics and Social Change (May, 1978), pp. 128-141
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Ethics in Epidemiology
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Abstract

There is almost no step in the research process in epidemiology in which ethical issues do not exist. In this paper we follow the thread of our own experience in balancing values of scientific rigor against values concerning the interests of the people under study. Ethical issues in epidemiology are illustrated in the choice of research questions; in the choice of study designs to explore the questions; in the maintenance of confidentiality; in obtaining the participation of populations; in experimental studies; and the giving or withdrawing of treatment.

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