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Planning and response to the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic: ethics, equity and justice

Mahesh Devnani, Anil Kumar Gupta, Bharti Devnani

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2011.088


Abstract

This paper aims to highlight three ethical considerations related to influenza pandemic planning and response: ethical allocation of scarce resources; obligations and duties of healthcare workers to treat patients, and the balance between conflicting individual and community interests. Among these, perhaps the most challenging question facing bioethics is how to allocate scarce, life-saving resources given the devastating social and economic ramifications of a pandemic. In such situations, the identification of clear overall goals for pandemic planning is essential in making difficult choices.

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