Developing an ethical framework for short-term international dental and medical activities

J Am Coll Dent. 2014 Spring;81(1):8-15.


The popularity of volunteering to provide charity health care in third-world countries has increased dramatically in recent years. While there are advantages to both those being helped and to volunteers, there are also ethical issues that need to be addressed. A framework for analyzing the ethical impact of such service is presented which continues 27 principles that should be addressed.

MeSH terms

  • Bioethical Issues
  • Charities / ethics
  • Codes of Ethics
  • Dental Care / ethics*
  • Ethical Analysis
  • Ethics, Dental*
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Global Health
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Health Services / ethics*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Medical Missions / ethics*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Volunteers