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Addressing Volatile Ethical Issues of Covid-19 with the Core Five Enduring Values List for Health Care Professionals


Biller-Andorno, Nikola; Spitale, Giovanni (2022). Addressing Volatile Ethical Issues of Covid-19 with the Core Five Enduring Values List for Health Care Professionals. NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery:online.

Abstract

From an ethical perspective, the Covid-19 pandemic is like a prism: It helps us see the spectrum of issues clearly and distinctly. Here, the authors outline what they consider top ethics concerns, grouped around five moral and societal core values: autonomy, privacy, equity, proportionality, and trust. They probe these concerns with some examples related to vaccination of health care professionals, contact tracing, global access to vaccines, lockdowns, and crisis communication. The authors recognize that the dynamic, cross-sectoral, multilevel impacts of both the coronavirus itself and the clinical and societal measures taken to contain it are too complex to be fully captured without an exhaustive accounting. Instead, they propose a value-based topic list, centered around five core moral values that are unlikely to change over time and that will allow health care leaders to systematically analyze ethical issues arising in their institutions. For each of the items on the Core Five Enduring Values List, the authors include a dynamic presentation of emerging topics (in the form of a word cloud or any other suitable format) that can and will change; these are generated with a natural language processing approach, using an open-source topic tracking algorithm as a means of tackling the exploding volume of literature on bioethics and Covid-19, allowing for quick overview of thematic priorities.

Abstract

From an ethical perspective, the Covid-19 pandemic is like a prism: It helps us see the spectrum of issues clearly and distinctly. Here, the authors outline what they consider top ethics concerns, grouped around five moral and societal core values: autonomy, privacy, equity, proportionality, and trust. They probe these concerns with some examples related to vaccination of health care professionals, contact tracing, global access to vaccines, lockdowns, and crisis communication. The authors recognize that the dynamic, cross-sectoral, multilevel impacts of both the coronavirus itself and the clinical and societal measures taken to contain it are too complex to be fully captured without an exhaustive accounting. Instead, they propose a value-based topic list, centered around five core moral values that are unlikely to change over time and that will allow health care leaders to systematically analyze ethical issues arising in their institutions. For each of the items on the Core Five Enduring Values List, the authors include a dynamic presentation of emerging topics (in the form of a word cloud or any other suitable format) that can and will change; these are generated with a natural language processing approach, using an open-source topic tracking algorithm as a means of tackling the exploding volume of literature on bioethics and Covid-19, allowing for quick overview of thematic priorities.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:4 August 2022
Deposited On:08 Aug 2022 16:17
Last Modified:22 Aug 2022 11:18
Publisher:Massachusetts Medical Society
ISSN:2642-0007
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1056/CAT.22.0108
Official URL:https://catalyst.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/CAT.22.0108
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English