The Responsibilities of Epidemiologists
Law, Medicine and Health Care. 1991 Fall-Winter; 19(3-4): 164-165.
Biomedical research activities are guided by internationally recognized principles of human ethics, as embodied in the Declaration of Helsinki, and in the proposed International Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects, prepared by CIOMS in 1982. Existing codes of ethics have hitherto tended to focus mainly on the rights and interests of individuals. In the same way that levels of ethical responsibility have been proposed for physicians, four levels of responsibility and liability may be considered for those epidemiologists -- in the wider sense of the term -- who undertake epidemiological research or apply the results of this research in the community.
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