Wake Me Up When There's a Crisis: Progress on State Pandemic Influenza Ethics Preparedness
Thomas, James C
American journal of public health 2011 Nov; 101(11): 2080-2
We assessed the progress since 2005 of state plans for pandemic influenza and found that 7 states had recommended steps to further clarify ethical processes or decisions; 6 states had made some progress but almost exclusively in hospital preparedness. Having a high-level public health leader, such as a health department director, committed to ethics was the key determinant of progress. Some state health departments may be destined to gain an appreciation for ethics through ethical mishaps.
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