Database research: Public and private interests

Vilhjálmur Árnason*

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It is often argued that a major tension in bioethics is between protecting the private interests of individuals on one hand and contributing to the common good on the other. In this article I ask how fitting this description is as regards the interest at stake in relation to the issue of consent to participation in population data collections. I raise some doubts about what I take to be two common positions regarding public and private interests in this context. The first is that restricted individual consent protects private interests at the cost of public interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-571
Number of pages9
JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


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