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After COVID-19: The Way We Die from Now On


Elsner, Anna Magdalena (2021). After COVID-19: The Way We Die from Now On. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 30(1):69-72.

Abstract

Ethical issues raised by the outbreak of COVID-19 have predominantly been addressed through a public health ethics lens. This article proposes that the rising COVID-19 fatalities and the World Health Organization’s failure to include palliative care as part of its guidance on how to maintain essential health services during the pandemic have exposed palliative care as an underlying global crisis. It therefore calls for a different ethical framework that includes a care ethics perspective and thereby addresses the ways in which the pandemic has triggered new difficulties in ensuring the delivery of appropriate end-of-life care for the dying. The article analyses the structural weaknesses of palliative care accentuated by the pandemic and proposes solutions that could set in motion lasting changes in the way it is delivered beyond COVID-19.

Abstract

Ethical issues raised by the outbreak of COVID-19 have predominantly been addressed through a public health ethics lens. This article proposes that the rising COVID-19 fatalities and the World Health Organization’s failure to include palliative care as part of its guidance on how to maintain essential health services during the pandemic have exposed palliative care as an underlying global crisis. It therefore calls for a different ethical framework that includes a care ethics perspective and thereby addresses the ways in which the pandemic has triggered new difficulties in ensuring the delivery of appropriate end-of-life care for the dying. The article analyses the structural weaknesses of palliative care accentuated by the pandemic and proposes solutions that could set in motion lasting changes in the way it is delivered beyond COVID-19.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects
Social Sciences & Humanities > Health (social science)
Health Sciences > Health Policy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Health Policy, Issues, ethics and legal aspects, Health(social science)
Language:English
Date:1 January 2021
Deposited On:21 Jan 2021 13:39
Last Modified:29 Apr 2021 07:31
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0963-1801
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/s0963180120000572
Related URLs:https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/cambridge-quarterly-of-healthcare-ethics/article/abs/after-covid19-the-way-we-die-from-now-on/3BE20E5F6C5CC9409DA99CB914A40AAA#access-block (Publisher)

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