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Publications

Here you will be able to find all of our publications arising from the Reset Ethics project as well as blog updates as the project progresses.

Publications

The American Journal of Bioethics has published our Open Peer Commentary, ‘Neither ‘Crisis Light’ nor ‘Business as Usual’: Considering the Distinctive Ethical Issues Raised by the Contingency and Reset Phases of a Pandemic’ on an article by Alfandre et al, ‘Between Usual and Crisis Phases of a Public Health Emergency: The Mediating Role of Contingency Measures’. Alfandre et al suggest that much of the sustained attention on pandemic preparedness has focused on the ethical justification for plans for the “crisis” phase of a surge when, despite augmentation efforts, the demand for life-saving resources outstrips supply. They argue that the ethical frameworks that should guide planning and implementation of the “contingency” phase of a public health emergency are less well described.

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Our Commentary introduces our ‘Reset Ethics’ research and its focus on the distinctive ethical issues raised by what we have called “the reset period,” when non-Covid services resumed alongside the continuing pandemic in the UK. We go on to consider the similarities and differences between the reset and contingency phases, as described by Alfandre et al. We then unpack Alfandre et al.’s position that the contingency phase should be characterised by operating a standard of care that is functionally equivalent to “usual” practice, arguing that in the reset and contingency phases, the standards of “usual” care may be unobtainable and, in these circumstances, we cannot fall back on the primacy of “patient centred care”. Consequently, we suggest that different ethical principles and balancing strategies are needed when care is neither “crisis light” nor “business as usual.” We conclude by reflecting on what these should be.

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Read our publication about which ethical values guide decision making in resetting non-COVID-19 paediatric surgery and maternity services in England:

Read our editorial in the Journal of Medical Ethics:

Blog posts

We will blog with updates as the project progresses.

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Access our blog on the Socio-Legal Studies Association website:

 

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