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

Health Research in the Global Context

Health research in the global context

Introduction

We begin with three observations. First, conflict of interest is a relatively new topic in healthcare ethics and not one that would likely have been included in a volume of this sort a few years ago. Despite its recent appearance, conflict of interest is an important topic and has significant implications for research practice and its governance. Second, it is a topic that is germane to many of the issues discussed in this volume. While we focus on the ethics of health research, conflict of interest is also important in clinical practice, as well as in population and public health. Third, conflict of interest is an often misunderstood and misused concept.

Briefly, a conflict of ...

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