Applying a population-level bioethics lens to palliative care before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic

Keona Wynne is a second year PhD PHS student in the field of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Keona Jeane Wynne, PhD PHS ’23, and others have recently authored an extended essay, “Dying individuals and suffering populations: applying a population-level bioethics lens to palliative care in humanitarian contexts: before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic” in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

In the essay, Wynne and others argue that the World Health Organization’s 2018 guide on “Integrating palliative care and symptom relief into the response to humanitarian emergencies and crises” has a limited perspective on clinical bioethics and does not address key moral dilemmas. Adding a population-level ethics lens and humanitarian ethics analyses to the guide, they advocate, would help create a more complete bioethics perspective on palliative care in humanitarian emergencies and crises.

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