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

International Research

International research

Introduction

This chapter begins with a provocative question — International research? — which allows different interpretations. The line of ideas to be presented below will stick to the clinical research developed around the world during the second half of the twentieth century that, from the nature of this book, seems to be most appropriate.

This question puts forward some doubts regarding international research within the field of healthcare — particularly multi-centre clinical trials — and its relationship with ethics. This relates especially to the last decades of the twentieth century, from the rapid progress of scientific and technological development that was experienced and the commercial interests of the globalised world that were seen. The first doubt directly relating to this question that arises is ...

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