Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 157–158 | Cite as

MDR-TB, Isolation, and Anomie: Has Anyone Referred to Social Work?

Comment on “The Ethics of Isolation for Patients With Tuberculosis in Australia”
  • Krista N. WattsEmail author
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MDR-TB and admission to isolation can induce a situation in which individuals are normless, unable to achieve the social goals that they have learned to pursue. Described as anomie, this situation can induce deviant behaviour. Addressing the psychosocial ethics of MDR-TB and isolation, this paper responds to the call for consideration of resource allocation and liberty.


Tuberculosis Migration Public health Social work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Victorian Tuberculosis Program, Melbourne Health at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection andImmunity Level 5MelbourneAustralia

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