Restrictions, Rationing and Responsibilities: the three R’s of pandemic ethics
The COVID-19 pandemic has generated numerous ethical challenges, from triage in the event of severe resource shortages, to ensuring the safety of essential workers, to saving lives while also preserving livelihoods. Dr Wynia will explore some of the most contentious issues faced and the most painful lessons learned for policymakers, the public, and frontline health care professionals during these trying times.
Matthew Wynia is the Director of the Center for Bioethics and the Humanities at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical School. His training is in internal medicine, infectious diseases, public health and health services research. He holds an MD from the University of Oregon and an MPH from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He has led projects on a wide variety of topics related to ethics and professionalism, including understanding and measuring the ethical climate of health care organizations and systems; ethics and quality improvement; communication, team-based care and engaging patients as members of the team; defining physician professionalism; public health and disaster ethics; medicine and the Holocaust (with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum); and inequities in health and health care.