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The moral relevance of personal characteristics in setting health care priorities

Olsen, Jan Abel and Richardson, Jeff and 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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Identification Number: 10.1016/S0277-9536(02)00492-6

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...
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2011 16:28
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2011 16:28
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/33107

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