Ethics and Military Medicine

Canadian healthcare professionals (HCP) participate in a range of international military deployments. In these contexts, principles of patient autonomy, rights and privacy, social issues such as triage and public health policy, and professional roles in terms of human rights protection may compete with military objectives. In the military context, HCP hold two professional roles (medical and military) each having its own history and code of ethics. The complexity of issues and the intense work environment of military missions raise ethical tensions that are rarely examined. To better understand these issues, this study investigated the experiences of health professionals through a series of in-depth one-on-one interviews. 

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