This online course aims to provide structured ways of navigating the clinical ethics challenges generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It incorporates short discussions of key ethical issues and concepts, with practical ethics tools for decision-making.
This training consists of three modules:
- Tutorial 1: Clinical ethics - what's different in a pandemic?
- Tutorial 2: Allocation of scarce resources
- Tutorial 3: Health professionals' role.
Knowledge or skills obtained through course:
Use the steps of ethical decision-making to structure a challenging decision
Understand the nature of moral regret and moral distress, and productive responses to these experiences
Know the three key ethical considerations for resource allocation in a pandemic
Articulate the elements of a fair process when allocating resources and prioritising patients in a pandemic
Use a framework of questions to guide decision-making about ethically acceptable levels of protection for health professionals
clinicians in hospital settings and primary care
Time to complete
University of Melbourne, Dr McDougall, Professor Delany, Professor Gillam, Dr Ko
- Clinical ethics principles
- What's different in a pandemic?
- Steps of ethical decision-making
- Balancing and moral regret
- Health resources in a pandemic
- Ethical criteria for resource allocation
- Fair process
- Duty to provide care
- Protecting health professionals
- Balancing health professionals' safety with the duty to provide care
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