A new e-learning course on ‘Ethics in epidemics, emergencies and disasters: Research, surveillance and patient care’ has been developed and launched by Ethox. It is based on the WHO course on Ethics in Epidemics, Emergencies and Disasters to which many Action members contributed.

The course offers comprehensive training exploring the wide range of ethical issues faced by health professionals and policy makers working in the context of epidemics/pandemics and disaster situations, focusing primarily on the key areas of research, surveillance and patient care.

Topics of the course include

  • Boundaries between public health practice, surveillance, and research.
  • Processes for ethical review.
  • Conflicts between the common good and individual autonomy in surveillance, research and clinical trials.
  • Publication ethics.
  • Triage, resource allocation and standards of care.
  • Professional duties of health care workers during public health surveillance and research.

You can find the course on the following website:



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