The ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries


Published 24/04/2002

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There is an urgent need for externally sponsored research in developing countries. However, rigorous ethical safeguards must be in place to prevent the exploitation of those who take part in the research.

Research must be appropriately planned, taking account of the local context, and effectively reviewed on scientific and ethical grounds. Externally sponsored research also provides the opportunity to assist developing countries to strengthen expertise in conducting and reviewing research.