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Repertoire - Ethics Frameworks for Public Health 

Utilitarianism in Public Health
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'Principlism' and Frameworks in Public Health Ethics
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Introduction to Public Health Ethics 3: Frameworks for Public Health Ethics
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An Introduction to the Ethical Implications of Economic Evaluations for Healthy Public Policy


Links
Bulletin on what's new in public health ethics [in French, with resources in Fr/En]. From the Public health ethics committee secretariat (Institut national de santé publique du Québec).

Ethics and public health: Forging a strong relationship. By Callahan, D. & Jennings, B. (2002). In the American Journal of Public Health, 92(2), 169-76. On the site of PubMed Central.

Population Health Ethics: Annotated Bibliography. By Greenwood, H.L. and Edwards, N. (2009). On the site of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH).

Re-visioning Public Health Ethics: A Relational Perspective. By Kenny, N., Sherwin, S. and Baylis, F. (2010). Can J Public Health 2010; 101(1) 9-11. On the site of the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

The contribution of ethics to public health. By Coleman, C.H. et al. (2008). In the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 86 (8). On the site of the World Health Organization.

Framework of Values to Support Ethical Analysis of Public Health Actions. By Filitrault, F., Désy, M. and Leclerc, B. (2015). On the site of l'Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

Éthique et santé publique. Enjeux, valeurs et normativité. By Massé, R. (2003). Québec : Les Presses de l'Université Laval. (In French only).

WHO guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance. World Health Organization. (2017). Geneva. On the site of the World Health Organization.


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Olivier Bellefleur

Michael Keeling

Repertoire - Ethics Frameworks for Public Health

We have compiled a list of ethics frameworks for public health, with links to the original documents (if they are freely available). In addition, we have produced 7 short, adapted summaries of frameworks that present their main elements in such a way that they can be directly put to use in practice. We intend to add to this list as new frameworks become available or as we learn of others. Please let us know about any frameworks that we should add to this repertoire. We will also continue to produce the adapted summary versions.
Updated in February 2018.
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Baum, N. M., Gollust, S. E., Goold, S. D., & Jacobson, P. D. (2007). Looking ahead: Addressing ethical challenges in public health practice. Global Health Law, Ethics and Policy, Winter 2007, 657-667. Available at: http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/75478/j.1748-720X.2007.00188.x.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Our adapted summary is available at: http://www.ncchpp.ca/docs/2016_eth_frame_baum_En.pdf   

Baylis, F., Kenny, N. P., & Sherwin, S. (2008). A relational account of public health ethics. Public Health Ethics, 2008, 1-14. Available at: http://noveltechethics.ca/files/pdf/259.pdf  

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). (2015). BCCDC Ethics Framework and Decision-Making Guide. Available at: http://www.bccdc.ca/resource-gallery/Documents/Guidelines%20and%20Forms/Guidelines%20and%20Manuals/BCCDC_Ethics_Framework_Decision_Making_Guide.pdf

Bernheim, R. Gaare, Nieburg, P., & Bonnie, R. J. (2007). Ethics and the practice of public health. In R. A. Goodman, R. E. Hoffman, W. Lopez, G. W. Matthews, M. Rothstein, & K. Foster (Eds.), Law in public health practice, pp. 110-135. Oxford: Oxford University Press. For information (paywall): http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.001.0001/acprof-9780195301489
Our adapted summary is available at: http://www.ncchpp.ca/docs/2016_eth_frame_bernheim_En.pdf    

Canadian Nurses Association. (2006). Public health nursing practice and ethical challenges. Ethics in Practice for Registered Nurses, February 2006, 12 pp. Ottawa: Canadian Nurses Association. Available at: http://cna-aiic.ca/~/media/cna/page-content/pdf-en/ethics_in_practice_jan_06_e.pdf  

Carter, S. M., Rychetnik, L., Lloyd, B., Kerridge, I. H., Baur, L., Bauman, A., Hooker, C., & Zask, A. (2011). Evidence, ethics and values: A framework for health promotion. American Journal of Public Health, 101(3), 465-472. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3036693/pdf/465.pdf  

Childress, J. F., Faden, R. R., Gaare, R. D., Gostin, L. O., Kahn, J., Bonnie, R. J., Kass, N. E., Mastroianni, A. C., Moreno, J. D., & Nieburg, P. (2002). Public Health Ethics: Mapping the Terrain. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 30(2), 169–177. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1748-720X.2002.tb00384.x/epdf  

Childress, J. F. & Bernheim, R. G. (2015). Introduction: A framework for public health ethics. In R. G. Bernheim, J. F. Childress, R. J. Bonnie and A. L. Melnick (Eds.), Essentials of Public Health Ethics. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. Available at: http://samples.jbpub.com/9780763780463/Chapter1.pdf (N.b.: 20 MB).

Désy, M., Filiatrault, F., & Laporte, I. (2012). A tool for ethical analysis of public health surveillance plans. In Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health, Population and Public Health Ethics: Cases from Research, Policy, and Practice (pp. 52-57). Toronto, Ottawa: University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. Available at: http://www.jcb.utoronto.ca/publications/documents/Population-and-Public-Health-Ethics-Casebook-ENGLISH.pdf  

Filiatrault, F., Désy, M., and Leclerc, B. (2015). Framework of Values to Support Ethical Analysis of Public Health Actions. Montréal: Institut national de santé publique du Québec. Available at: https://www.inspq.qc.ca/en/publications/2285 

Fry, C. (2007). Making values and ethics explicit: a new code of ethics for the Australian alcohol and other drugs field. Canberra: Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia. Available at: http://www.adca.org.au/wp-content/uploads/ethics_code.pdf  

Gostin, L., Mann, J. M., & Gostin, L. (1994). Towards the development of a human rights impact assessment for the formulation and evaluation of public health policies. Health and Human Rights, 1(1), 58-80. Available at: http://academic.udayton.edu/richardghere/NGO%20Man/Gostin%20article.pdf

Gostin, L. (2003). Public health ethics: Tradition, profession and values. Acta Bioethica, 2003; año IX, No 2, 177-188. Available at: http://www.scielo.cl/pdf/abioeth/v9n2/art04.pdf.

Grill, K. & Dawson, A. (2015). Ethical frameworks in public health decision-making: Defending a value-based and pluralist approach. Health Care Analysis, 2015, July 14. Available at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10728-015-0299-6/fulltext.html 

Gruskin, S. & Daniels, N. (2008). Justice and human rights: Priority setting and fair deliberative process. American Journal of Public Health, 98(9), 1573-1578. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2509612/pdf/0981573.pdf 

Guttman, N. & Salmon, C. T. (2004). Guilt, Fear, Stigma and Knowledge Gaps: Ethical Issues in Public Health Communication Interventions. Bioethics, 18(6). Retrieved from:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8519.2004.00415.x/full (paywall).
Our adapted summary is available at: http://www.ncchpp.ca/docs/2017_eth_frame_guttman_salmon_En.pdf   

Kass, N. E. (2001). An ethics framework for public health. American Journal of Public Health, 91(11), 1776–1782. Available at: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.91.11.1776
Our adapted summary is available at: http://www.ncchpp.ca/docs/2016_eth_frame_kass_En.pdf   

Marckmann, G., Schmidt, H., Sofaer, N., & Strech, D. (2015). Putting public health ethics into practice: A systematic framework. Frontiers in Public Health, February 2015, 3(23), 8 pp. Available at: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2015.00023/full
Our adapted summary is available at: http://www.ncchpp.ca/docs/2015_TOPHC_Ethique_HandoutB_EN_Final.pdf  

New Zealand Ethics Advisory Committee. (2007). Getting through together: Ethical values for a pandemic. Wellington: Ministry of Health. Available at: http://neac.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/getting-through-together-jul07.pdf  

Nuffield Council on Bioethics. (2007). Public health: Ethical issues. Available at: 
http://nuffieldbioethics.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Public-health-ethical-issues.pdf (report - 225 pp.)
http://nuffieldbioethics.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Public-Health-short-guide.pdf (guide - 9pp.).

Ondrusek, N., Willison, D., Haroun, V., Bell, J., & Bornbaum, C. (2015). A risk screening tool for ethical appraisal of evidence-generating initiatives. BMC Medical Ethics, 16(47). Available at: http://bmcmedethics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12910-015-0039-3  This document outlines and accompanies the online risk screening tool developed by Public Health Ontario. The risk screening tool is available here: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/About/Research/Ethics/Pages/Ethics-support-forms-and-tools.aspx  

Public Health Agency of Canada. (2017). Framework for ethical deliberation and decision-making in public health: A tool for public health practitioners, policy makers and decision-makers. Available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/corporate/transparency/corporate-management-reporting/internal-audits/reports/framework-ethical-deliberation-decision-making.html

Public Health Leadership Society. (2002). Principles of the ethical practice of public health. Available at: https://www.apha.org/~/media/files/pdf/membergroups/ethics_brochure.ashx     

Schröder-Bäck, P., Duncan, P., Sherlaw, W., Brall, C., & Czabanowska, K. (2014). Teaching seven principles for public health ethics: Towards a curriculum for a short course on ethics in public health programmes. BMC Medical Ethics, 2014, 15:73. Available at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6939-15-73.pdf.
Our adapted summary is available at: http://www.ncchpp.ca/docs/2016_eth_frame_schroder-back%20_En.pdf.

Selgelid, M. J. (2009). A moderate pluralist approach to public health policy and ethics. Public Health Ethics, 2(2), 195–205. Available at: http://phe.oxfordjournals.org/content/2/2/195.full.pdf+html 

Tannahill, A. (2008). Beyond evidence—to ethics: a decision-making framework for health promotion, public health and health improvement. Health Promotion International, 23(4), 380-390. Available at: http://heapro.oxfordjournals.org/content/23/4/380.full.pdf+html  

ten Have, M., van der Heide, A., Mackenbach, J., & de Beaufort, I. D. (2012). An ethical framework for the prevention of overweight and obesity: A tool for thinking through a programme's ethical aspects. European Journal of Public Health, 23(2), 299-305. Available at: http://eurpub.oxfordjournals.org/content/23/2/299.long  
Our adapted summary is available at: http://www.ncchpp.ca/docs/2016_eth_frame_tenHave_En.pdf

Thompson, A. K., Faith, K., Gibson, J. L., & Upshur, R. E. G. (2006). Pandemic influenza preparedness: An ethical framework to guide decision-making. BMC Medical Ethics, 7(12). Available at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/7/12  

Upshur, R. E. G. (2002). Principles for the justification of public health intervention. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 93(2), 101-103.  Available at: http://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/217
Our adapted summary is available at: http://www.ncchpp.ca/docs/2016_eth_frame_upshur_En.pdf  

Willison, D., Ondrusek, N., Dawson, A., Emerson, C., Ferris, L., Saginur, R., Sampson, H., & Upshur, R. E. G. (2012). A framework for the ethical conduct of public health initiatives. Public Health Ontario. Available at: http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/eRepository/PHO%20%20Framework%20for%20Ethical%20Conduct%20of%20Public%20Health%20Initiatives%20April%202012.pdf  Also, this shorter document discusses the framework and provides a table of its Ten guiding questions: Willison, D. J., Ondrusek, N., Dawson, A., Emerson, C., Ferris, L. E., Saginur, R., Sampson, H., & Upshur, R. (2014). What makes public health studies ethical? Dissolving the boundary between research and practice. BMC Medical Ethics, 15(61), 1-6. Available at: http://bmcmedethics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1472-6939-15-61  
 
 

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