Ethics Toolkit for Health Care Practitioners


The Ethics Toolkit for Health Care Practitioners was developed by the Indiana University Center for Bioethics (IUCB), with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).

The Ethics Toolkit is designed to assist health care providers in carrying out their ethical responsibilities of caring for patients and families within the clinical environment during an influenza pandemic. In particular, the Toolkit is designed to give practical input on key issues facing health care practitioners, specifically: Altered Standards of Care; Vaccine and Antiviral Provision; Triage; and Workforce Management. Other issues are discussed in the Toolkit, but receive less comprehensive attention. The input for each of these issues is based on an Ethical Framework that provides a reasoned basis for decision making.

The Toolkit is intended to supplement relevant institutional, state and federal policies and procedures, not to replace them. Health care practitioners are encouraged to discuss policies applicable to their work, with the appropriate institutional official. Practitioners are given resources such as web-links, for further information.

This project was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number 5U90TP517024-09 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.

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