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Public health ethics: informing better public health practice

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Abstract


  • Public health ethics has emerged and grown as an independent discipline over the last decade. It involves using ethical theory and empirical analyses to determine and justify the right thing to do in public health. In this paper, we distinguish public health ethics from clinical ethics, research ethics, public health law and politics. We then discuss issues in public health ethics including: how to weigh up the benefits, harms and costs of intervening; how to ensure that public health interventions produce fair outcomes; the potential for public health to undermine or promote the rights of citizens; and the significance of being transparent and inclusive in public health interventions. We conclude that the explicit and systematic consideration of ethical issues will, and should, become central to every public health worker’s daily practice.

UOW Authors


  •   Carter, Stacy
  •   Kerridge, Ian (external author)
  •   Sainsbury, Peter (external author)
  •   Letts, Julie K. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Carter, S. M., Kerridge, I., Sainsbury, P. & Letts, J. K. (2012). Public health ethics: informing better public health practice. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 23 (6), 101-106.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866284495

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4720&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3711

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 101

End Page


  • 106

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Public health ethics has emerged and grown as an independent discipline over the last decade. It involves using ethical theory and empirical analyses to determine and justify the right thing to do in public health. In this paper, we distinguish public health ethics from clinical ethics, research ethics, public health law and politics. We then discuss issues in public health ethics including: how to weigh up the benefits, harms and costs of intervening; how to ensure that public health interventions produce fair outcomes; the potential for public health to undermine or promote the rights of citizens; and the significance of being transparent and inclusive in public health interventions. We conclude that the explicit and systematic consideration of ethical issues will, and should, become central to every public health worker’s daily practice.

UOW Authors


  •   Carter, Stacy
  •   Kerridge, Ian (external author)
  •   Sainsbury, Peter (external author)
  •   Letts, Julie K. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Carter, S. M., Kerridge, I., Sainsbury, P. & Letts, J. K. (2012). Public health ethics: informing better public health practice. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 23 (6), 101-106.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866284495

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4720&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3711

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 101

End Page


  • 106

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • Australia