Equity and population health: toward a broader bioethics agenda

Hastings Cent Rep. 2006 Jul-Aug;36(4):22-35. doi: 10.1353/hcr.2006.0058.


Bioethics' traditional focus on clinical relationships and exotic technologies has led the field away from population health, health disparities, and issues of justice. The result: a myopic view that misses the institutional context in which clinical relationships operate and can overlook factors that affect health more broadly than do exotic technologies. A broader bioethics agenda would take up unresolved questions about the distribution of health and the development of fair policies that affect health distribution.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bioethical Issues*
  • Bioethics*
  • Delivery of Health Care / ethics*
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Population Dynamics
  • Social Justice*
  • Socioeconomic Factors*