Journal article

Justice: a key consideration in health policy and systems research ethics

Bridget Pratt, Verina Wild, Edwine Barasa, Dorcas Kamuya, Lucy Gilson, Tereza Hendl, Sassy Molyneux

BMJ GLOBAL HEALTH | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020

Abstract

Health policy and systems research (HPSR) is increasingly being funded and conducted worldwide. There are currently no specific guidelines or criteria for the ethical review and conduct of HPSR. Academic debates on HPSR ethics in the scholarly literature can inform the development of guidelines. Yet there is a deficiency of academic bioethics work relating to justice in HPSR. This gap is especially problematic for a field like HPSR, which can entail studies that intervene in ways affecting the social and health system delivery structures of society. In this paper, we call for interpreting the principle of justice in a more expansive way in developing and reviewing HPSR studies (relative to b..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award


Awarded by German Federal Ministry (BMBF)


Awarded by Wellcome Trust


Awarded by Wellcome Trust Humanities and Social Science (Society and Ethics)


Funding Acknowledgements

BP is currently supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (award number DE170100414). The contents of this article are solely the responsibility of the author and do not reflect the views of the ARC. VW and TH are supported by the German Federal Ministry (BMBF, FKZ 01GP1791). SM and DK are supported by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award to the Global Health Bioethics Network (096527), and SM by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award and by Nuffield Department of Medicine funds at the University of Oxford. DK is also funded by the Wellcome Trust Humanities and Social Science (Society and Ethics) (grant number 205419/Z/16/Z).