Updated: November 1, 2020

What are the ethical considerations associated with the public health response to COVID-19?


Organizational Scan

The Gowling Wragge Lawrence Graham law firm state that ethical issues related to working health care professionals in the era of COVID 19 should be based off the principles of proportionality (i.e. the idea that an action should not be more severe than is necessary), the harm principle, fairness and reciprocity [1].  
The Canadian Nurses Association states that leaders should be visibly present, honest, and transparent when making difficult decisions. Messages from all levels of leadership are essential to ensure expectations are clear and decisions while working on the frontline can be made confidently [2].  

Review of Evidence

Resource Type/Source of Evidence Last Updated
Ethical issues for regulated health professionals in the era of COVID-19
— Gowling WLG
Organizational Scan Last Updated: November 1, 2020
Nurses’ Ethical Considerations During a Pandemic
— Canadian Nurses Association
Organizational Scan Last Updated: November 1, 2020
Disclaimer: The summaries provided are distillations of reviews that have synthesized many individual studies. As such, summarized information may not always be applicable to every context. Each piece of evidence is hyperlinked to the original source.

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