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The moral relevance of personal characteristics in setting health care priorities

Olsen, Jan Abel, Richardson, Jeff , Dolan, Paul and Menzel, Paul (2003) The moral relevance of personal characteristics in setting health care priorities. Social Science and Medicine, 57 (7). pp. 1163-1172. ISSN 0277-9536

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.elsevier.com/02779536/social-scien...
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2011 16:28
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33107/

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