Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
BARATA, Rita Barradas. Ethics in epidemiological research. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.2, pp. 453-548. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000200020.
This text focus, on a series of author's opinions, on the difficulties that the current system of regulation of ethics in research represents for the practice of the epidemiological research, in the Country. It introduces a few understandings concerning the present subject in the international literature, pointing out some of the most relevant themes and problems. It also examines part of the difficulties faced by Brazilian epidemiologists. The main topic developed in the article is the specificity of the science's reasoning that guides acting of the public health and epidemiology with repercussions for the practice of scientific research in this field, plenty different from the science's reasoning that preside medical practice and biomedical research. Hence the inadequacy of the ethical recommendations in force, all of them based on biomedical research, particularly at that with experimental design. It concludes with the indication that procedures adopted by the system of the ethics in research should be reviewed, adapting such procedures to the characteristics of different kinds of research.
Keywords : Epidemiological research ethic; Epidemiological research; CEP-CONEP system.