Research partnerships between high and low-income countries: are international partnerships always a good thing?

BMC Medical Ethics
http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcmedethics/content
(Accessed 30 May 2015)

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Debate
Research partnerships between high and low-income countries: are international partnerships always a good thing?
John D Chetwood, Nimzing G Ladep, Simon D Taylor-Robinson BMC Medical Ethics 2015, 16:36 (28 May 2015)
Abstract
Background
International partnerships in research are receiving ever greater attention, given that technology has diminished the restriction of geographical barriers with the effects of globalisation becoming more evident, and populations increasingly more mobile.
Discussion
In this article, we examine the merits and risks of such collaboration even when strict universal ethical guidelines are maintained. There has been widespread examples of outcomes beneficial and detrimental for both high and low –income countries which are often initially unintended.
Summary
The authors feel that extreme care and forethought should be exercised by all involved parties, despite the fact that many implications from such international work can be extremely hard to predict. However ultimately the benefits gained by enhancing medical research and philanthropy are too extensive to be ignored