Protecting the Privacy, Confidentiality, Relationships, and Medical Safety of Sex Partners in Partner Notification and Management Studies

TitleProtecting the Privacy, Confidentiality, Relationships, and Medical Safety of Sex Partners in Partner Notification and Management Studies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsSemaan, S, Klovdahl, A
JournalJournal of Research Administration
Volume35
Issue1
Pagination39-53
Date Published2004
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15391590
KeywordsCONFIDENTIAL , ethics , Privacy , PUBLIC , SEXUALLY , STRATEGY
AbstractThe practice of partner notification and management is an important public health strategy in the control of sexually transmitted diseases. There are, however, concerns related to the ethical principle of beneficence about the potential for unintended negative consequences in scientific studies of new strategies for partner notification and management. We conducted computerized and manual searches and reviewed the 10 most recent published articles on studies of partner notification and management. Procedures that can be used to protect participants and their partners include a truly informed consent and authorization process, use of stringent procedures for handling study data, training clinical and research staff members and study participants, and using appropriate wording and delivery modes to reach and inform the partners. We discuss the need for a forum to exchange information on ethical considerations, reflect on the conduct of scientific studies for new strategies of public health practice, and highlight the interactions between ethical considerations and generalizability of study results. Our aim is to enhance the compatibility of scientific goals, public health practice, and ethical principles.
NotesSemaan, S. 1; Email Address: ssemaan@cdc.gov.; Klovdahl, A. 1; Affiliations: 1: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Australian National University.; Issue Info: 2004, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p39; Thesaurus Term: CONFIDENTIAL communications; Subject Term: PRIVACY; Subject Term: PUBLIC health; Subject Term: STRATEGY; Subject Term: SEXUALLY transmitted diseases; Subject Term: ETHICS; NAICS/Industry Codes: 525120 Health and Welfare Funds; Number of Pages: 15p; Document Type: Article

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