Conflict Zone

Conflict zones are characterized by dangerous human rights violations, ranging from violence, political unrest, militarization, and the breakdown of social infrastructures. Other types of disasters, such as an infectious disease outbreak or natural disaster, can further exacerbate the tensions of this setting. This makes conflict research extremely challenging in practical and ethical ways. For example, clinical research faces particular obstacles because of the uncertainty of its benefit and because it can interact poorly with social dysfunction and mistrust. Researchers should consider whether it is ethical to conduct a particular piece of research at all during a conflict or whether it should be conducted somewhere else or at another time. Still, there is strong evidence that research during conflicts provides invaluable and beneficial information best captured during the conflict period. The following are ethical considerations for research in conflict settings:

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