Findings from the american college of epidemiology's survey on ethics guidelines

Ronald J. Prineas, Kenneth Goodman, Colin L. Soskolne, Germaine Buck, Manning Feinleib, John Last, John S. Andrews

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PURPOSE: A survey to establish both the need and subject areas for a possible new set of ethics guidelines for epidemiologists was conducted among a random sample of 300 North American (Canada, Mexico, and United States) members of three major United States-based professional epidemiology organizations. METHODS: An 88% response rate revealed wide agreement on topics to be included in any new set of guidelines, but uncertainty prevailed about the need for new guidelines; 41% agreed that there was a need to develop a new set, 43% had no opinion, and 16% disagreed. RESULTS: There was almost no difference in preferences between men and women for topics to be included in a new set of guidelines, or between those aware or unaware of extant ethics guidelines in epidemiology. Fifty-four percent were aware of such guidelines and only 29% of these said they could describe the content of the guidelines. CONCLUSION: More needs to be done to evaluate the utility of ethics codes in epidemiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-489
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Epidemiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Applied Ethics
  • Codes of Ethics
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethics Guidelines
  • Professional Ethics
  • Professional Standards
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology


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