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Elective cardiovascular care in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic: managing tragic choices

Berman, Adam E., Miller, Douglas, Sorrentino, Robert A. and Mossialos, Elias A. (2020) Elective cardiovascular care in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic: managing tragic choices. BMJ Open Quality, 9 (3). ISSN 2399-6641

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Identification Number: 10.1136/bmjoq-2020-001069

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant morbidity and mortality globally. As health systems grapple with caring for patients affected with COVID-19, cardiovascular procedures that are deemed 'elective' have been postponed. Guidelines concerning which cardiac procedures should be performed during the pandemic vary by specialty and geography in the USA. We propose a clinical heuristic to guide individual physicians and governing bodies in their decision making regarding which cardiac procedures should be performed during the COVID-19 pandemic using the behavioural economics concept of heuristics and ecological rationality.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://bmjopenquality.bmj.com/
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2020 09:48
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 02:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/106989

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