What should I do when PPE is limited?
How should I prioritise my family’s well-being and doing my job?
How do I work with resource scarcity?
The COVID-19 pandemic has created new clinical ethics challenges for clinicians. Public health considerations are shaping individual patient care. Situations of resource scarcity have brought fair allocation into the foreground of clinical practice. Clinicians’ personal risk of infection has generated difficult ethical challenges.
This online course aims to provide structured ways of navigating the clinical ethics challenges generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It incorporates short discussions of key ethical issues and concepts, with practical ethics tools for decision-making.
Clinical ethics and COVID-19 is designed for clinicians in hospital settings and primary care. It is intended for medical, nursing and allied health staff. It would also be useful for students training for these health professions.
- Clinical ethics principles
- What's different in a pandemic?
- Steps of ethical decision-making
- Balancing and moral regret
- Health resources in a pandemic
- Ethical criteria for resource allocation
- Fair process
- Duty to provide care
- Protecting health professionals
- Balancing health professionals' safety with the duty to provide care