Bioethics and COVID-19: lessons for a post-pandemic future


[Note: The slide presentation is not available from this event.] The COVID-19 pandemic presented a critical need for bioethics engagement as the U.S. (and the world) faced the stark reality that the demand for critical care resources would exceed supply. This session begins by reviewing general approaches to bioethical challenges through an overview of major philosophical approaches with attention to Beauchamp and Childress' (Four) Principles of Biomedical Ethics. Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a paradigm, it will explore the successes and lessons learned from the work of bioethics in the pandemic context. The experience of COVID-19 and the disparities laid bare will serve as an introduction to a variety of lenses, strategies, and opportunities through which bioethics can strive to chart a path forward to achieve health care justice in its broadest forms. The presentation concludes with practical guidance regarding both identifying ethical challenges and approaches in health care generally and candidate opportunities for progress in the future.

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[Note: The slide presentation is not available from this event.] Tuesday, March 12, 2024; noon to 1 p.m. (Central Time); Room NB2.100A or via Zoom. "Bioethics and COVID-19: Lessons for a Post-Pandemic Future". Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, M.D., J.D.; Director of the Center for Bioethics and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Director of Law and Ethics at the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital; and Immediate Past-President of the American Psychiatric Association.

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