The ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries


Published 24/04/2002

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  1. To review the importance of healthcare-related research in humans, supported by those in more affluent countries and conducted, at least partly, in developing countries.
  2. To identify and consider the ethical and social implications of conducting such research including:
    1. who benefits from the research;
    2. consent;
    3. differences in cultural values;
    4. differences in levels of healthcare between countries;
    5. compatibility of ethical guidelines produced by international bodies;
    6. the respective responsibilities of local and non-local ethics review bodies, and mechanisms for review and monitoring;
    7. follow-up, including the possible implementation of findings, after the completion of research.
  3. To make recommendations.