Ethical Dilemmas in Disaster Medicine

AUTHORS

O K Caman 1 , * , K H Altintas 2

1 Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

2 Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Disaster Research and Implementation Center, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

How to Cite: Caman O K, Altintas K H. Ethical Dilemmas in Disaster Medicine, Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2012 ; 14(10):e95968.

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Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 14 (10); e95968
Published Online: October 31, 2012
Article Type: Review Article
Received: July 03, 2019
Accepted: October 31, 2012

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Abstract

Disasters may lead to ethical challenges that are different from usual medical practices. In addition, disaster situations are related with public health ethics more than medical ethics, and accordingly may require stronger effort to achieve a balance between individual and collective rights. This paper aims to review some ethical dilemmas that arise in disasters and mainly focuses on health services. Disasters vary considerably with respect to their time, place and extent; therefore, ethical questions may not always have `one-size-fits-all` answers. On the other hand, embedding ethical values and principles in every aspect of health-care is of vital importance. Reviewing legal and organizational regulations, developing health-care related guidelines, and disaster recovery plans, establishing on-call ethics committees as well as adequate in-service training of health-care workers for ethical competence are among the most critical steps. It is only by making efforts before disasters, that ethical challenges can be minimized in disaster responses

Keywords

Disasters ethics bioethics disaster medicine public health

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