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Bulletin on what's new in public health ethics [in French, with resources in Fr/En]. From the Public health ethics committee secretariat (Institut national de santé publique du Québec).

Ethics and public health: Forging a strong relationship. By Callahan, D. & Jennings, B. (2002). In the American Journal of Public Health, 92(2), 169-76. On the site of PubMed Central.

Population Health Ethics: Annotated Bibliography. By Greenwood, H.L. and Edwards, N. (2009). On the site of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH).

Re-visioning Public Health Ethics: A Relational Perspective. By Kenny, N., Sherwin, S. and Baylis, F. (2010). Can J Public Health 2010; 101(1) 9-11. On the site of the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

The contribution of ethics to public health. By Coleman, C.H. et al. (2008). In the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 86 (8). On the site of the World Health Organization.

Framework of Values to Support Ethical Analysis of Public Health Actions. By Filitrault, F., Désy, M. and Leclerc, B. (2015). On the site of l'Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

Éthique et santé publique. Enjeux, valeurs et normativité. By Massé, R. (2003). Québec : Les Presses de l'Université Laval. (In French only).

WHO guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance. World Health Organization. (2017). Geneva. On the site of the World Health Organization.


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Case Studies of Ethics During a Pandemic
A collection of pandemic and infectious disease control scenarios, intended to stimulate ethical reflection within the public health sector.
Published in April, 2010.  DescriptionDownload  519 K
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The discipline of moral philosophy has much to offer public health. This is perhaps nowhere more evident than when planning for and responding to widespread emergencies such as an influenza pandemic, which requires making difficult decisions under conditions of stress, uncertainty, and scarcity of resources.

This collection of 11 case studies extracted from existing documents or research proposals is intended to provoke reflection on the use of ethical analysis in public health practice. The general aim of this series of cases is to illustrate a wide range of pandemic and infectious disease control scenarios in which professional roles and responsibilities generate ethically complex situations. Covering issues related to the powers and duties of public health officials and health care providers, and designed to place ethical issues related to preparing and responding to outbreaks in practical contexts, the cases aim to assist in the development and application of moral reasoning through concrete examples.

Case Studies of Ethics During a Pandemic
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Clear-cut answers are difficult and perhaps impossible to find in complex situations involving values and ethical reasoning such as those raised in this series of cases. However, the cases are intended to stimulate thinking and to raise key considerations about how ethical principles come into play, in order to help both individuals and institutions make better decisions in difficult times.
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The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.