3120.1 Case Studies in Public Health Ethics

Monday, November 5, 2007: 10:30 AM
The purpose of a Roundtable format vs. sequential format is to provide the opportunity to have extensive discussion (at parallel tables) on a specific topic, here with a practical focus on case studies in public health ethics. This provides an interactive process involving greater engagement by session attenders. Topics include a) issues regarding abortion in international context; b) ethical issues concerning foreign grass-roots faith-based organizations in China providing both aid to vulnerable populations not otherwise addressed and externalities given the nature of informal interventions; c) analysis of the intersection of public officials, media and policy motivating and following a February 2005 alert by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about a “rare strain of multi-drug resistant HIV that rapidly progresses to AIDS”; d) reflection on ethical frameworks via ethical review of a clinical drug trial (Valtrex, 2006) "that put vulnerable, minority, pregnant women at risk by placing them in a control group". Note that Roundtable sessions are now eligible for Continuing Education credit review.
Session Objectives: • Participation in an interactive process concerning analysis of a concrete topic in public health ethics. • Develop practical formats for communicating regarding complex social-ethical issues. • Identify benefits and burdens, and strategies for balancing benefits and burdens in complex social contexts involving public health ethics. • Analyze the construction, intended and unintended consequences, ethical and policy implications, and proximate and politcal motivations in media use in a public health alert by public health officials. • Through a case study analyze background ethical norms and concrete decisions involving an at-risk population in a clinical trial context deficient in safeguards and follow-up.
Dianne Quigley, PhD Candidate

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Clinical Trials and bioethics: A review of the Valtrex 2006 trials and lessons learned
Meghana Aruru, PhD, MBA, BSPharm and Jack Warren Salmon, PhD

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Ethics
Endorsed by: Women's Caucus, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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