Ethics in public health research: a research protocol to evaluate the effectiveness of public-private partnerships as a means to improve health and welfare systems worldwide

Am J Public Health. 2007 Jan;97(1):19-25. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2005.075614. Epub 2006 Nov 30.


Public-private partnerships have become a common approach to health care problems worldwide. Many public-private partnerships were created during the late 1990s, but most were focused on specific diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Recently there has been enthusiasm for using public-private partnerships to improve the delivery of health and welfare services for a wider range of health problems, especially in developing countries. The success of public-private partnerships in this context appears to be mixed, and few data are available to evaluate their effectiveness. This analysis provides an overview of the history of health-related public-private partnerships during the past 20 years and describes a research protocol commissioned by the World Health Organization to evaluate the effectiveness of public-private partnerships in a research context.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Protocols
  • Developing Countries
  • Ethics, Research*
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations*
  • International Cooperation*
  • Management Audit
  • Operations Research
  • Organizations, Nonprofit
  • Private Sector / ethics
  • Private Sector / organization & administration*
  • Program Evaluation / standards*
  • Public Health / ethics*
  • Public Sector / ethics
  • Public Sector / organization & administration*
  • Research Support as Topic / ethics
  • Research Support as Topic / organization & administration*
  • Social Welfare*
  • Universities
  • World Health Organization