Search Resources (English): Ethical issues

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Ethical conduct for research involving humans
Describes the policies of the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Published: 1998
Moving toward assured access to treatment in microbicide trials
Looks at the ethical questions surrounding microbicide research, particularly care issues for people in resource-poor countries who sero-convert during clinical trials. (See Details)
Published: 2006
The making of a disease: female sexual dysfunction
Debates that researchers with close ties to drug companies are defining and classifying a new medical disorder at company sponsored meetings. (See Details)
Published: 2003
Medical ghostwriting
Originally aired on CBC's Marketplace, March 25, 2003. Discusses medical ghostwriting, where people with scientific backgrounds are paid to stay in the shadows and crank out favourable reports for drug companies. Reports that the drug companies then get doctors to put their names on the studies — for money, prestige, or perks. (See Details)
Published: 2003
The tangled womb: the politics of human reproduction
Gives information about the politics of human reproduction.
Published: 1992
Should we expand prenatal screening?
Examines the general question of what kind(s) of prenatal screening, if any, can improve the health of women and children in the population. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Network: ethics and reproductive health
Aims to cover the evolution of basic ethical principles, ethical dilemmas that service providers regularly face, distinctions between informed choice and informed consent, and emerging reproductive health technologies that raise ethical concerns. (See Details)
Published: 2001
Practical and ethical dilemmas in the clinical testing of microbicides: a report on a symposium
Describes microbicides, substances that would reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) when used vaginally or rectally. Summarizes extensive deliberations, key decisions and recommendations made at a 1997 symposium of 55 advocates, scientists, policy makers, and industry representatives from 15 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Addresses such complex issues as informed consent, standard of care, community participation, the role of social science, and implications for public policy.
Published: 1998
Ethics and genetics: the need for transparency
Outlines research priorities which are intended as contributions to a strategy for building broader public debate. (See Details)
Published: 2000
Report of the advisory committee on women's health research issues
Contains a list of recommendations regarding women's health research issues, the status of such issues, and the potential for undertaking such research in Canada.
Published: 1994