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Ethical challenges in preparing for bioterrorism: barriers within the health care system.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15226126     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Preparedness for bioterrorism poses significant ethical challenges. Although public health ethics and preparedness have received attention recently, health care ethics must also be considered. In epidemics, the health care system assists public health in 3 tasks: detection, containment, and treatment. Detection might fail if all patients do not have access to care, or if physicians do not understand their obligation to report infectious diseases to public health authorities. Containment might fail if physicians view themselves only as advocates for individual patients, ignoring their social obligations as health professionals. Treatment might fail if physicians do not accept their professional duty to treat patients during epidemics. Each of these potential ethical barriers to preparedness must be addressed by physicians and society.
Matthew K Wynia; Lawrence O Gostin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  94     ISSN:  0090-0036     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2004 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-30     Completed Date:  2004-08-17     Revised Date:  2013-06-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1096-102     Citation Subset:  AIM; E; IM    
Institute for Ethics, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL 60610, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bioterrorism* / ethics,  prevention & control
Codes of Ethics
Disaster Planning / organization & administration*,  standards
Health Services Accessibility / ethics*,  organization & administration*
Needs Assessment / ethics,  organization & administration
Organizational Objectives
Patient Isolation / ethics,  organization & administration
Physician's Role
Population Surveillance / methods
Public Health / ethics*,  methods
Quarantine / ethics,  organization & administration
Refusal to Treat / ethics
United States
Grant Support

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