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by Daniel W. Tigard, Ph.D.
As our evening entertainment during the recent weeks of social distancing, my wife and I have been watching the TV rendition of The Handmaid’s Tale, based upon Margaret Atwood’s important novel.…Full Article
by Joseph Stramondo, Ph.D.
While I have warned against using quality of life criteria when developing triage protocol, what about the strategy of using as a criterion the likelihood of whether a patient will survive COVID-19 even with aggressive treatment?…Full Article
by Mohammed Ghaly, Ph.D.
During the times of massive crises like the current coronavirus pandemic, individuals and communities consult their “moral systems” looking for support and coping mechanisms.…Full Article
Dr. Goold’s post is a commentary on Laurence McCullough’s post, “In Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Physicians Already Know What to Do”
by Susan Dorr Goold, MD, MHSA, MA
Professor McCullough, a distinguished scholar in bioethics and the history of bioethics, wisely exhorts us to learn from past experience as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic.…Full Article
by Laurence B. McCullough, Ph.D.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted multiple responses from bioethicists and bioethics organizations. One prominent response has come from The Hastings Center, “Ethical Framework for Health Care Institutions and Guidelines for Institutional Ethics Services Responding to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic”:
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An ethically sound framework for health care during public health emergencies must balance the patient-centered duty of care—the focus of clinical ethics under normal conditions—with public-focused duties to promote equality of persons and equity in distribution of risks and benefits in society—the focus of public health ethics.
by Em Rabelais, PhD, MBE, MS, MA, RN
In the very best of times, and just like cisgender people, non-binary and transgender folx find medicine a difficult landscape to navigate (for definitions, see here).…Full Article
by Bandy X. Lee, MD, MDiv
A novel coronavirus strain has rapidly spread around the world into a pandemic. Country responses over the past several weeks show that information dissemination is crucial for containing the disease.…Full Article
by Kate Jackson-Meyer, Ph.D.
Policy makers, hospitals, and health care professionals are facing, or are likely to face, excruciating ethical decisions about resource allocation and risk calculation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and medical supply shortages. …Full Article
by Thibaud Haaser, MD, PhD
The current coronavirus pandemic challenges health care systems, raises ethical questions about health policies, and makes some countries fear or even face dilemmas over the allocation of scarce resources.…Full Article
by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
Rationing has always been present in the American health care system. Some poor individuals have not had access to certain treatments due to a lack of health insurance or hospitals not willing to accept them if they cannot pay. …Full Article