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  1. Flattening the Rationing Curve: The Need for Explicit Guidelines for Implicit Rationing During the COVID-19 Pandemic.Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Naomi Laventhal, Megan Applewhite, Janice I. Firn, Norman D. Hogikyan, Reshma Jagsi, Adam Marks, Renee McLeod-Sordjan, Lisa S. Parker, Lauren B. Smith, Christian J. Vercler & Andrew G. Shuman - 2020 - American Journal of Bioethics 20 (7):77-80.
    Volume 20, Issue 7, July 2020, Page 77-80.
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  • Three Pitfalls of Accountable Healthcare Rationing.Marleen Eijkholt, Marike Broekman, Naci Balak & Tiit Mathiesen - forthcoming - Journal of Medical Ethics:medethics-2020-106943.
    A pandemic may cause a sudden imbalance between available medical resources and medical needs where fundamental care to a patient cannot be delivered. Inability to fulfil a professional commitment to deliver care as needed can lead to distress among caregivers and patients. This distress is sometimes alleviated through mechanisms that hide the facts that care is rationed and not all medical needs are met. We have identified three mechanisms that jeopardise accountable and optimal allocation of resources: hidden value judgements that (...)
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  • Balancing Patient and Societal Interests in Decisions About Potentially Life-Sustaining Treatment: An Australian Policy Analysis.Eliana Close, Ben P. White & Lindy Willmott - 2020 - Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 17 (3):407-421.
    BackgroundThis paper investigates the content of Australian policies that address withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment to analyse the guidance they provide to doctors about the allocation of resources.MethodsAll publicly available non-institutional policies on withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment were identified, including codes of conduct and government and professional organization guidelines. The policies that referred to resource allocation were isolated and analysed using qualitative thematic analysis. Eight Australian policies addressed both withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment and resource allocation.ResultsFour resource-related themes were (...)
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  • Clinical Ethics and the Duty of Care.John McMillan - 2019 - Journal of Medical Ethics 45 (6):355-356.
    Scholarly inquiry into medical ethics should inform and guide those involved in making challenging ethical decisions.1 It should strive to be integral to the work of health care professionals and health care institutions2 and clinical relevance seems essential for this to happen. To acknowledge the importance of clinical relevance for medical ethics, the Journal of Medical Ethics has introduced a regular Clinical Ethics section at the beginning of each issue. Papers that we think are likely to be of particular interest (...)
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