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Ethics capacity building in low-income countries: Ethiopia as a case study

Miljeteig, I; Onarheim, KH; Defaye, FB; Desalegn, D; Norheim, OF; Hevrøy, O; Johansson, KA; (2017) Ethics capacity building in low-income countries: Ethiopia as a case study. Tidsskriftet den Norske Laegeforening , 137 (22) 10.4045/tidsskr.17.0759. Green open access

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Abstract

Ethical dilemmas are part of everyday clinical practice, and doctors worldwide must make value-based decisions. In low-income countries with very limited resources, healthcare personnel and policymakers face ethical challenges. Ethiopian policies aim to improve the ethical decision-making competence of healthcare personnel. But what are the dilemmas experienced by Ethiopian doctors and how can training and professional development equip them to deal with the ethical challenges they face? In this text, we illustrate ethical challenges that doctors experience in a resource-constrained health and welfare system. Our discussion is based upon our own empirical data from Ethiopia, our experience as healthcare workers in low-income countries, as well as relevant literature. We will describe the challenges and opportunities that lie in education, guidance and facilitation of ethical decision-making in a low-income country like Ethiopia.

Type: Article
Title: Ethics capacity building in low-income countries: Ethiopia as a case study
Location: Norway
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4045/tidsskr.17.0759
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.4045/tidsskr.17.0759
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070956
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