An ethics framework for making resource allocation decisions within clinical care: Responding to COVID-19
Angus Dawson, David Isaacs, Melanie Jansen, Christopher Jordens, Ian Kerridge, Ulrik Kihlbom, Henry Kilham, Anne Preisz, Linda Sheahan, George Skowronski
This ethics framework is designed to help clinicians, hospital administrators and policy makers decide how to allocate clinical health resources as they become scarce within a pandemic such as COVID-19. Such a framework ‘frames’ decision-making – it does not list or stipulate general answers. Much will be left to expert judgment in response to different circumstances as they arise. Instead of listing a set of abstract values, principles and rules, this framework aims to help with decision-making by structuring the relevant issues to be considered in the form of a series of questions and answers to ensure it provides relevant and practical guidance.