Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Public participation in national preparedness and response plans for pandemic influenza: toward an ethical contribution of public health policies

Yanick Farmer, Marie-Ève Bouthillier, Marianne Dion-Labrie, Céline Durand, Hubert Doucet

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Faced with the threat of pandemic influenza, several countries have made the decision to put a number of measures in place which have been incorporated into national plans. In view of the magnitude of the powers and responsibilities that States assume in the event of a pandemic, a review of the various national preparedness and response plans for pandemic influenza brought to light a series of extremely important ethical concerns. Nevertheless, in spite of the recent emergence of literature focusing specifically on the ethical aspects of pandemics, too few studies explicitly examine public participation as one means of ethical contribution to public health policies. Thus this article seeks, in the first place, to present an analysis of the various national preparedness and response plans for pandemic influenza, and secondly, to outline the role that the plans envisage for ethics and more importantly for public participation.

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