Clinical ethics and COVID-19

Topic

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. 

Content

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

Depth

Intermediate

Target Audience

clinicians in hospital settings and primary care

Time to complete

3 hours

Authors

University of Melbourne, Dr McDougall, Professor Delany, Professor Gillam, Dr Ko

Comments

Learning outcomes:

  • 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

Registration Required

Yes

Payment Required

No

Student Support

No

Certificate

Yes

Country of Origin

Australia

Web Address

http://mdhs-study.unimelb.edu.au/short-courses/mms-short-courses/clinical-ethics-and-covid-19/overview