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Transparency and the Duty of Full Disclosure in Public and Environmental Health

Ana Frunza () and Antonio Sandu ()
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Ana Frunza: PhD - Scienti?c Researcher III, LUMEN Research Center in Social and Humanistic Sciences, Iasi, Romania
Antonio Sandu: Professor “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania & Senior Researcher LUMEN Research Center in Social and Humanistic Sciences Iasi, Romania, Executive Director of Romanian Unit UNESCO Chair in Bioethics

Postmodern Openings, 2016, vol. 7, issue 2, 43-57

Abstract: For this paper, we will consider the necessity of full disclosure and the duty to inform the public of the results of public health related and environmental health studies. The focus of the paper is that the results of the research, which is related to public and environmental health can lead to risks for public health that can endanger human health, so no matter how small the statistical representativeness is, full transparency must be achieved. We chose to review and make an analysis on the public health issues related to the duty to inform the public of research results in a study of dry cleaning workers; the as exposed by Steven S. Coughlin in his book “Case Studies in Public Health Ethics”, 2009. In supporting the theme of this paper, the necessity for full transparency of data, which could be of public health and environmental health interest – we will bring a series of pros and cons to full disclosure, followed by a construction of counter arguments and will offer possible solutions to the issue of full disclosure towards the public in the case of data or results of public health related research.

Keywords: transparency; duty of full disclosure; public health; environmental health. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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