Global health ethics

Managing Ethical Issues in Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Authors:
WHO

Publication details

Number of pages: 68
Publication date: 2016
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 154983 7

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Overview

Infectious disease outbreaks are frequently characterized by scientific uncertainty, social and institutional disruption, and an overall climate of fear and distrust. Policy makers and public health professionals may be forced to weigh and prioritize potentially competing ethical values in the face of severe time and resource constraints. This document seeks to assist policy-makers, health care providers, researchers, and others prepare for outbreak situations by anticipating and preparing for the critical ethical issues likely to arise.