Travel medicine: ethical issues

Brink, G.K., and Leggat, P. (2012) Travel medicine: ethical issues. In: Baker, L., (ed.) A Guide to the Practice of Travel Medicine in the South African Context. South African Society of Travel Medicine, pp. 4-14.

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The ethical considerations that are sometimes made in the field of travel medicine, as in other medical disciplines, can be vexing and complex and, at times, of a somewhat different nature. Decisions are based on the risk assessment of the individual, the nature of the journey, the purpose of the journey and the risks of the destination. It is also based on our own experience, confidence and the information that we have on hand. We need to be able to recognise the factors that influence our decision, to assess the various actions that can be taken and to justify the decision that was taken.

This chapter does not have as its goal the exploration of all the ethical issues that arise in travel medicine but to explore some of the problems that are specific to the practice of travel medicine and the approaches that can be explored in addressing these issues.

Item ID: 25876
Item Type: Book Chapter (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-0-620-53157-3
Date Deposited: 20 May 2013 00:28
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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