Health ethics and the COVID-19 pandemic: Recent and relevant literature

Distributing a COVID-19 vaccine raises complex ethical issues.
Faden R. HUB. July 1, 2020.

Can telemental health help achieve equity during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Senghor, S, Racine E. The Neuroethics Blog. June 30, 2020.

After the surge: Prioritizing the backlog of delayed hospital procedures.
Craig JM, Aulisio MP and May T. The Hasting Center. June 19, 2020.

Dying individuals and suffering populations: applying a population-level bioethics lens to palliative care in humanitarian contexts: before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wynne KJ, Petrova M, Coghlan R. Journal of Medical Ethics. June 19, 2020. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2019-105943.

Dying individuals and suffering populations: applying a population-level bioethics lens to palliative care in humanitarian contexts: before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wynne KJ, Petrova M, Coghlan R. Institute of Medical Ethics. June 18, 2020.

Covid-19 could accelerate the robot takeover of human jobs.
Hayasakiarchive, E. MIT Technology Review. June 17, 2020.

Relational ethical approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jeffrey DI. Journal of Medical Ethics. June 10, 2020. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2020-106264.

Estimating the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in Europe.
Flaxman S, Mishra S, Gandy A. et al. Nature. June 8, 2020. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2405-7.

The Essential Workers Project.
A collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the University of Colorado Boulder’s Masters of the Environment program. June 2020.

Doctors Wonder What to Do When Recovered COVID-19 Patients Still Test Positive.
Coffey D. Curbside Consult, Medscape Medical News. June 09, 2020.

Individual Freedom or Public Health? A False Choice in the Covid Era.
Cohen J. Hastings Bioethics Forum. June 9, 2020.

Ethical challenges arising in the COVID-19 pandemic: An overview from the Association of Bioethics Program Directors (ABPD) Task Force. 
McGuire A, Aulisio M, Davis D, Erwin C, Harter T. Jagsi R, Klitzman R, Macauley R, Racine E, Wolf S, Wynia M, Wolpe PR, The COVID-19 Task Force of the ABPD. The American Journal of Bioethics. June 9, 2020. DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2020.1764138.

Preparing for COVID-19 related drug shortages.
Shuman A, Fox E, Unguru Y. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. June 03, 2020. DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202004-362VP. PubMed: 32492353.

COVID-19 hospital visitor restrictions may fuel obstetric disparities.
Norton A, Gross M, Wilson T. Closler, Johns Hopkins Medicine. June 3, 2020.

Are thermal cameras a magic bullet for COVID-19 fever detection? There’s not enough evidence to know.
Adams S, Kouzani A, Bucknall T. The Conversation. May 27, 2020.

When Separation is not the Answer: Breastfeeding Mothers and Infants affected by COVID‐19.
Tomori C, Gribble K, Palmquist AEL, Ververs MT, Gross MS. Maternal & Child Nutrition. May 27, 2020.

Ethics of controlled human infection to address COVID-19.
Shah S, et al. Science. 2020, May 22;368(6493):832-834. doi: 10.1126/science.abc1076.

Ethical and Practical Issues Associated with the Possibility of Using Controlled Human Infection Trials in Developing a Hepatitis C Virus Vaccine.
Cox A, Sulkowski M, Sugarman J. Clinical Infectious Diseases, May 22, 2020.

More evidence hydroxychloroquine Is ineffective, harmful in COVID-19.
Batya Swift Y., Medscape. May 22, 2020.

Utilitarianism and the pandemic.
Savulescu J, Persson I, Wilkinson D. Bioethics. May 20, 2020. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12771.

Covid-19 crisis triage — Optimizing health outcomes and disability rights.
Solomon M, Wynia M, Gostin L. New England Journal of Medicine. May 19, 2020. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2008300.

Failing the test — The tragic data gap undermining the U.S. pandemic response.
Schneider E. The New England Journal of Medicine. May 15, 2020. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2014836.

Optimizing medication treatment of opioid use disorder during COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2).
Leppla I, Gross M. Journal of Addiction Medicine. May 14, 2020. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000678.

Il faut adapter le financement et l’organisation des services à domicile aux réalités du 21e siècle et mettre en place une assurance publique de soins à long terme.
Hébert R. Policy Options / Options politiques. May 13, 2020.

AI, robots, and ethics in the age of COVID-19.
Howard A, Borenstein J. MIT Sloan. May 12, 2020.

What if the influenza vaccine did not offer such variable protection?
Bartsch S, Mitgang E, Geller G, Cox SN , O’Shea K, Boyce A, Siegmund S, Kahn J, LeeA. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, jiaa240. May 9, 2020. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa240.

May hospitals withhold ventilators from COVID-19 patients with pre-existing disabilities? Notes on the law and ethics of disability-based medical rationing.
Bagenstos S. SSRN. Last revised: May 7, 2020.

Unblinded: systematic racism, institutional oppression, and colorblindness.
Sederstrom NO. AJOB, May 7, 2020.

Following the science without forgetting values.
Stephen R. Practical Ethics Blog. University of Oxford. May 5, 2020.

The role of solidarity in research in global health emergencies.
Wright K, Sheather J. AJOB. May 4, 2020; 20:5, 4-6. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2020.1745939.

Public engagement is key for containing COVID-19 pandemic.
Bhatia R, 2020. Indian J Med Res. 2020;151:118-20. doi: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_780_20.

When to reopen the nation is an ethics question—Not only a scientific one.
Rieder TN, Barnhill A, Bernstein J, Brian H. The Hastings Center. April  28, 2020.

How do we decide who gets the ventilators? Polio, ethics and the age of COVID-19.
Jacobs G. The Riot Act. April 26, 2020.

The value and ethics of using technology to contain the COVID-19 epidemic.
Dubov A, Shoptaw S. AJOB. April 23, 2020.

Research ethics in a public health crisis
AMA. April 14, 2020.

Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Khoo EJ, Lantos JD. Acta Paediatr. Apr 14, 2020. doi: 10.1111/apa.15307.

How can we ramp up hospital capacity to handle the surge of COVID-19 patients? Long-term acute care hospitals can play a critical role.
Makam A, Grabowski D. Health Affairs Blog. April 13, 2020.

Le remède sera-t-il finalement pire que le coronavirus?
Chevillot A. Heidi News. April 10, 2020.

A bioethical perspective for navigating moral dilemmas amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dunham AM, Rieder TN, Humbyrd CJ. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. Apr 10, 2020. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-20-00371. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

It takes a community to establish core outcomes for research in covid-19.
Tong A. The BMJ. 2020 Apr 9, 2020.

Il est justifié d’avoir peur de partager ses données personnelles de santé.
Ringuette L, Quintal A. Le Devoir. Apr 9, 2020.

Covid-19—a pivotal moment in community care.
Boivin A. The BMJ. Apr 7, 2020.

Science will not come on a white horse with a solution
Arjini N. The Nation. April 6, 2020.

Triage in the COVID-19 pandemic bioethical and human rights considerations. 
A Joint Technical Report of the Essex Autonomy Project & the Ethics of Powerlessness Project. University of Essex. Apr 6, 2020.

Ethics in the time of COVID: What remains the same and what is different.
Kim SYH, Grady C. Neurology. Apr 6, 2020. pii: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000009520. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000009520. [Epub ahead of print]

I’m disabled and need a ventilator to live. Am I expendable during this pandemic?
Wong A. Vox. Apr 4, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic: Practice and policy considerations for patients with opioid use disorder.
Kelsey K. Health Affairs Blog. Apr 3, 2020.

COVID-19: What implications for sexual and reproductive health and rights globally?
Julia Hussein. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters. April 2, 2020; 28:1, DOI: 10.1080/26410397.2020.1746065.

The vital contexts of coronavirus
Shaw D. Blog of the Journal of Medical Ethics. April 2, 2020.

COVID19: Why justice and transparency in hospital triage policies are paramount.
Schuklenk U. Bioethics. Apr 1, 2020. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12744. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

Cadre de réflexion sur les enjeux éthiques liés à la pandémie de COVID-19.
Comité d’éthique de santé publique. Institut national de santé publique et Commission de l’éthique en science et en technologie. 2020. Québec, QC: 15 p.

Italy in a time of emergency and scarce resources: The need for embedding ethical reflection in social and clinical settings. 
Nicoli F, Gasparetto A. J Clin Ethics. 2020 Spring;31(1):92-94.

The views of patients and the public should be included in policy responses to covid-19.
Immonen, K., 2020. The BMJ. Mar 30, 2020.

In a pandemic, does patient feedback still matter?
Munro, J. The BMJ. Mar 30, 2020.

Cancer research ethics and COVID-19.
Shuman AG, Pentz RD. Oncologist. Mar 30, 2020. Online ahead of print.

COVID-19 visitation bans for people in institutions put many at risk in other ways
Spagnuolo N, Orsini M. CBC News. March 29, 2020.

COVID-19 visitation bans for people in institutions put many at risk in other ways
Spagnuolo N, Orsini M. CBC News. March 29, 2020.

A framework for rationing ventilators and critical care beds during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
White DB, Lo B. JAMA. 2020 Mar 27. Online ahead of print.

Responding to COVID-19: How to navigate a public health emergency legally and ethically. 
Gostin LO, Friedman EA, Wetter SA. Gostin LO, et al. Hastings Cent Rep. 2020 Mar 26. Online ahead of print.

Fair allocation of scarce medical resources in the time of COVID-19.
Emanuel EJ, Persad G, Upshur R, et al. N Engl J Med. Mar 23 2020.

The toughest triage – Allocating ventilators in a pandemic.
Truog RD, Mitchell C, Daley GQ. N Engl J Med. Mar 23 2020.

Scientific and ethical basis for social-distancing interventions against COVID-19. 
Lewnard JA, Lo NC. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020 Mar 23. Online ahead of print.

Strategies to inform allocation of stockpiled ventilators to healthcare facilities during a pandemic. 
Koonin LM, Pillai S, Kahn EB, Moulia D, Patel A. Health Secur. 2020 Mar 20. Online ahead of print.

Facing COVID-19 in Italy – Ethics, logistics, and therapeutics on the epidemic’s front line. 
Rosenbaum L. N Engl J Med. 2020 Mar 18. Online ahead of print.

Ethical framework for health care institutions & guidelines for institutional ethics services responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Berlinger N, Wynia M, Powell T, Hester DM, Milliken A, Fabi R, Cohn F, Guidry-Grimes LK, Watson JC, Bruce L, Chuang EJ, Oei G, Abbott J, Piper Jenks N. The Hastings Center. 2020 Mar 16. 12 p.

AI is an ideology, not a technology.
Lanier J. Wired. March 13, 2020.

Rapid outbreak response requires trust. 
Nat Microbiol. 2020 Feb;5(2):227-228.


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AI is an ideology, not a technology.
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Facing Sars: psychological impacts on SARS team nurses and psychiatric services in a Taiwan general hospital.
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Canadian healthcare workers’ experiences during pandemic H1N1 influenza: Lessons from Canada’s response. A review of the qualitative literature.
Hodge, J. National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases. 2014. Winnipeg, MB. 16 p.

Ethical considerations: care of the critically ill and injured during pandemics and disasters: CHEST consensus statement.
Biddison LD, Berkowitz KA, Courtney B, et al. Chest. Oct 2014;146(4 Suppl):e145S-155S.