The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Research Ethics

Research ethics

Introduction

Advanced knowledge and practices related to disease prevention and control are a direct result of biomedical research conducted in past decades using humans as subjects. Today, it is common to hear people talk about medications for heart and kidney problems, organ donation, heart transplants, human clones, eradication of waterborne diseases and other technologies that are aimed at lengthening human lives. In the past century, however, society has become increasingly sensitive to the ethical issues associated with such research, especially the risks that research participants were exposed to during the conduct of the research. Society has also become very sensitive to the potential exploitation of research volunteers who make sacrifices by being placed at the risk of harm for the good of society. ...

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