In times of crisis, sharing data rapidly helps make the most out of the information in the data. Let's say it maximises its utility. Pandemics like Zika, Ebola, and now COVID-19 have made this apparent. Yet sharing data rapidly has previously also generated serious concerns of equity. This has led researchers Bridget Pratt and Susan Bull to wonder:
- Should data sharing in epidemics and pandemics primarily advance utility, or equity as well?
- How do we set norms for equitable data sharing?
- Do these norms address concerns raised by researchers, data providers, and other stakeholders?
- What tensions must be balanced between equity and other values?
Through a systematic review of the literature on data sharing in pandemics and epidemics, Pratt and Bull provide answers to these questions.
Discover what they found in the BMC Medical Ethics publication: Equitable data sharing in epidemics and pandemics.