Thoracic Research and Practice

Ethical Issues in Tuberculosis Control


Department of Chest Diseases, Adnan Menderes University Faculty of Medicine, Aydın, Turkey

Thorac Res Pract 2015; 16: 73-85
DOI: 10.5152/ttd.2014.4134
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Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global public health problem as also defined by the World Health Organization (WHO). On the other hand, the incidence of TB worldwide decreases at a lower rate than the intended targets, and it is seen that the targets set for 2015 will not be achieved at the global level. According to the WHO, failure to achieve the targets in TB control results from “resource constraints”, “conflict and instability” and “generalized human immunodeficiency virus epidemics”. This article is aimed to maintain an ethical debate in TB control and to investigate the WHO’s TB control policy and question the reasons for failure of this policy. Within the scope of this article; the TB of TB control was problematized at macro political level within the context of philosophy, while the approach of health care staff to TB patients was analysed at micro level within the context of professional ethics. 

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