Ethics in Public Health Emergencies:
Developing an Arizona Code of Public Health Emergency Ethics
The Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, ASU
and the Public Health Law and Policy Program
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, ASU
Overview: Ethical issues are pervasive in public health emergency responses, including decisions related to the allocation and use of scarce resources, the appropriate application of limitations on personal liberty to protect the public, and the provision of public health and health care services to individuals and populations. Lack of consensus for public health ethical norms applicable in emergencies has led to widely divergent approaches nationally and regionally. In Arizona, public and private actors have not engaged in consensus-building efforts to date to develop widely-accepted principles to guide ethical decision-making in emergencies in Arizona.
Goals: The primary objective of this project is to develop generally-applied principles of public health emergency ethics via consensus among public and private actors in Arizona. The goal is to produce a “model code” of public health emergency ethics to help guide critical decisions among public and private sectors during public health emergencies.
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