Ethical framework

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We recognise that it would not be possible to formulate a robust set of guidelines for all situations. However, we identify four principles which should be taken into account by anyone who is designing or conducting healthcare research in developing countries. These are:

  • the duty to alleviate suffering
  • the duty to show respect for persons
  • the duty to be sensitive to cultural differences
  • the duty not to exploit the vulnerable

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