Public Health - ethical issues

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The Nordic Committee on Bioethics organised a conference in Reykjavik in August 2010 to discuss ethical issues relating to public health. The speakers of the conference have contributed to this book, which offers wide multidisciplinary perspectives on themes around Individual Freedom and Public Health, Health Responsibility and Life Style, and Social Equality and Justice.



Population screening: neonatal screening of genetic diseases as an example

The aim of population screening is to detect some individuals in a presymptomatic stage of a disease in order to offer them diagnostics and treatment, and thus improve the prognosis of their disease. Those with normal results in the screening programme are expected to feel relieved when they were not found to have the condition. False positive results along with inconvenience and worry created by the screening programme are often mentioned as negative side effects.


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