Olsen, Jan Abel, Richardson, Jeff , Dolan, Paul and Menzel, Paul (2003) The moral relevance of personal characteristics in setting health care priorities. Social science & medicine, 57 (7). pp. 1163-1172. ISSN 0277-9536
This paper discusses the moral relevance of accounting for various personal characteristics when prioritising between groups of patients. After a review of the results from empirical studies, we discuss the ethical reasons which might explain--and justify--the views expressed in these studies. The paper develops a general framework based upon the causes of ill health and the consequences of treatment. It then turns to the question of the extent to which a personal characteristic--and the eventual underlying ethical justification of its relevance--could have any relationships to these causes and consequences. We attempt to disentangle those characteristics that may reflect a potentially relevant justification from those which violate widely accepted principles of social justice.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||health care priorities, ethics, personal responsibilities, consequences|
|Library of Congress subject classification:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine|
|Sets:||Departments > Social Policy|
|Date Deposited:||09 Mar 2011 16:28|
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