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Relevance of primary care bioethics committees in public health ethical practice in the community: an experience in an area of extreme poverty in Santiago, Chile

Marla Solari and Tatiana Escobar-koch

in Public health ethics and practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421029
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303114 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421029.003.0006
Relevance of primary care bioethics committees in public health ethical practice in the community: an experience in an area of extreme poverty in Santiago, Chile

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This chapter examines the importance of primary care bioethics in public health ethical practice in the community setting, focusing on case studies in Santiago, Chile. The example of the local community ethics committee within primary healthcare in Santiago provides a very different model of practice from that in Great Britain and other western countries with a longer tradition of public health interventions and health promotion. Most of the bioethical problems which the primary care health teams have to deal with are associated with community life and social conditions.

Keywords: primary care; bioethics; public health; ethical practice; community setting; Santiago; Chile; health promotion; Great Britain; community life

Chapter.  5986 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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