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The moral relevance of personal characteristics in setting health care priorities

By Jan Abel Olsen, Jeff Richardson, Paul Dolan and Paul Menzel

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This paper discusses the moral relevance of accounting for various personal characteristics when prioritising between groups of patients. After a review of the results from empirical studies, we discuss the ethical reasons which might explain--and justify--the views expressed in these studies. The paper develops a general framework based upon the causes of ill health and the consequences of treatment. It then turns to the question of the extent to which a personal characteristic--and the eventual underlying ethical justification of its relevance--could have any relationships to these causes and consequences. We attempt to disentangle those characteristics that may reflect a potentially relevant justification from those which violate widely accepted principles of social justice

Topics: RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1016/S0277-9536(02)00492-6
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:33107
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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