A code of ethical conduct for the public health profession

South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH)

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Field Value
 
Title A code of ethical conduct for the public health profession
 
Creator Laaser, Ulrich
Schröder-Bäck, Peter
Eliakimu, Eliudi
Czabanowska, Katarzyna
Think-Tank for Sustainable Health & Well-being (GHW-2030), The One Health Global
 
Subject
code of ethics, moral obligations, principle-based ethics, professional standards, public health profession, population ethics, societal responsibility, utilitarian ethics.

 
Description Aim: Agreeing on a Code of Ethical Conduct is an essential step in the formation and definition of a public health profession in its own right. In this paper we attempt to identify a limited number of key ethical principles to be reflected as professional guidance.Methods: We used a consensus building approach based on narrative review of pivotal literature and theoretical argumentation in search for corresponding terms and - in a second step - attempted to align them to a limited number of key values. The resulting draft code of ethical conduct was validated employing a framework of the Council of Europe and reviewed in two quasi Delphi rounds by members of a global think tank.Results: The alignment exercise demonstrated the acceptability of five preselected key principles: solidarity, equity, efficiency, respect for autonomy, and justice whereas three additional principles were identified during the discussion rounds: common good, stewardship, and keeping promises. Conclusions: In the context of emerging and re-emerging diseases as well as increase in lifestyle-related diseases, the proposed Code of Ethical Conduct may serve as a mirror which public health professionals will use to design and implement public health interventions. Future public health professional chambers or an analogous structure should become responsible for the acknowledgement and enforcement of the Code. 
 
Publisher South Eastern European Journal of Public Health
South Eastern European Journal of Public Health
 
Contributor
 
Date 2017-12-01
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://www.seejph.com/index.php/seejph/article/view/177
10.4119/UNIBI/SEEJPH-2017-177
 
Source South Eastern European Journal of Public Health; Volume IX, 2018
South Eastern European Journal of Public Health; Volume IX, 2018
2197-5248
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://www.seejph.com/index.php/seejph/article/view/177/134
10.4119/UNIBI/SEEJPH-2017-177
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Ulrich Laaser, Peter Schröder-Bäck, Eliudi Eliakimu, Katarzyna Czabanowska, The One Health Global Think-Tank for Sustainable Health & Well-being (GHW-2030)7
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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