HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Ethics in a pandemic

ctures of developing countries.

The WHO recommends that ethical issues be a consideration in the planning process for an influenza pandemic. Canada's province of Ontario has incorporated this framework into its plan.

"Other jurisdictions and nations should assess their pandemic plan against this ethical framework and these recommendations," says Dr. Singer.

"Looking ahead, we can say that if the pandemic strikes it will cause great hardship, but societies will struggle through. They will be better able to do so if they have general agreement on an ethical approach. Afterwards, history will judge today's leaders on how well they took decision on the ethical challenges they faced in the midst of the crisis."

Ten substantive values to guide ethical decision-making for a pandemic influenza outbreak

Individual liberty

In a public health crisis, restrictions to individual liberty may be necessary to protect the public from serious harm. Restrictions to individual liberty should:

  • Be proportional, necessary and relevant.
  • Employ the least restrictive means.
  • Be applied equitably.

    Protection of the public from harm

    To protect the public from harm, health care organizations and public health authorities may be required to take actions that impinge on individual liberty.

    Decision makers should:

  • Weigh the imperative for compliance.
  • Provide reasons for public health measures to encourage compliance.
  • Establish mechanisms to review decisions.

    Proportionality
    Proportionality requires that restrictions to individual liberty and measures taken to protect the public from harm should not exceed what is necessary to address the actual level of risk to or critical needs of the community.

    Privacy

    Individuals have a right to privacy in health care. In a public health crisis, it may be necessary to ov
    '"/>



  • Contact: Terry Collins
    terrycollins@rogers.com
    416-538-8712
    University of Toronto Joint Center for Bioethics
    27-Nov-2005


    Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

    Related medicine news :

    1. Ethics of indigenous health research explored in new guide
    2. NIH scientists target future pandemic strains of H5N1 avian influenza
    3. Michigan-CDC study supports value of social restrictions during influenza pandemics
    4. Experts predict Tamiflu could halve the pandemic influenza death toll versus no intervention
    5. Predicting danger of flu pandemic rests on differences in affected population, says O.R. Forum
    6. Is the UK prepared for pandemic flu?
    7. Why predicting the next influenza pandemic is difficult and how scientists can best prepare
    8. Rapid response was crucial to containing the 1918 flu pandemic
    9. Public health and pandemic flu preparedness to headline Preventive Medicine 2007
    10. Drug resistance in an influenza pandemic
    11. Hajj pilgrims should get flu jab to avoid pandemic

    Post Your Comments:
    *Name:
    *Comment:
    *Email:


    (Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Catalent Pharma Solutions, the ... and consumer health products, today announced that it had joined the Pharmaceutical Supply ... non-profit organization to unite pharmaceutical and healthcare companies that share a vision of ...
    (Date:12/8/2016)... Ga (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... as soon after surgery as possible. With this in mind, SIGVARIS has created ... (DVT or blood clot) during bed rest and provide the benefits of graduated ...
    (Date:12/8/2016)... , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... financial planning services from offices headquartered in Hamilton County, is embarking on a ... , LuvFurMutts specializes in finding new homes for orphaned or neglected senior dogs ...
    (Date:12/8/2016)... , ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Compretta Insurance ... and residential clients in and around the Hancock County area, is announcing the launch ... County Food Pantry. , The Hancock County Food Pantry has worked for more than ...
    (Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... will have the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in an emergency medical ... an immersive experience to gain invaluable, real-life medical skills that are critical success ...
    Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
    (Date:12/8/2016)... Dec. 8, 2016  Boehringer Ingelheim announced today that ... Index (CEI). This is the ninth time that the ... as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. ... is a national benchmarking report on corporate policies and ... and transgender (LGBT) employees. "We are ...
    (Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016 According to a new market research ... Fetal), Therapeutic (Pain, Insulin)), End Use (Sports, Fitness, RPM), Type (Smart watch, ... the global market, in terms of value, is projected to reach 12.14 ... of 18.0% during the forecast period. Continue ... ...
    (Date:12/8/2016)... 2016 Augmedix, the nation,s leading smartglass-based ... closed a $23 million strategic round of funding ... company seeks to rehumanize the physician patient relationship ... EHR documentation. The Augmedix core offering is a ... from 3 hours of mandated charting and documentation ...
    Breaking Medicine Technology:
    Cached News: