Responsibility as an Ethical Framework for Public Health Interventions
American Journal of Public Health 2009 July; 99(7): 1197-1202
Bioethical debate has been characterized from the beginning by the central importance placed on autonomy. This is because bioethics has, until now, been concerned with the relationship between doctor and patient in a clinical context or, alternatively, with the rights of individuals involved in biomedical research. The increased involvement of bioethics in the domain of public health, however, makes it necessary to refer to other principles and values, thus shaping a new responsibility-focused bioethics that extends itself beyond the early boundaries of this discipline.
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