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Disaster Bioethics: Normative Issues When Nothing is Normal

  • The first detailed examination of disaster bioethics covering both the ethics of disaster healthcare as well as disaster research

  • Takes a global perspective where the differences in culture and resources are acknowledged

  • Written by an international panel of leading scholars

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Public Health Ethics Analysis (PHES, volume 2)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Healthcare Ethics and Disasters

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Disaster Bioethics: An Introduction

      • Dónal P. O’Mathúna, Bert Gordijn, Mike Clarke
      Pages 3-12
    3. Macro-triage in Disaster Planning

      • Henk Ten Have
      Pages 13-32
    4. Ethics and Emergency Disaster Response. Normative Approaches and Training Needs for Humanitarian Health Care Providers

      • Lisa Schwartz, Matthew Hunt, Lynda Redwood-Campbell, Sonya de Laat
      Pages 33-48
    5. Triage in Disaster Medicine: Ethical Strategies in Various Scenarios

      • Y. Michael Barilan, Margherita Brusa, Pinchas Halperin
      Pages 49-63
    6. Evidence and Healthcare Needs During Disasters

      • Aasim Ahmad, Syed Mamun Mahmud, Dónal P. O’Mathúna
      Pages 95-106
  3. Research Ethics and Disasters

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 107-107
    2. Setting Disaster Research Priorities

      • Virginia Murray, Anthony Kessel
      Pages 143-157
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 205-219

About this book

This book provides an early exploration of the new field of disaster bioethics:

examining the ethical issues raised by disasters. Healthcare ethics issues are addressed in the first part of this book. Large-scale casualties lead to decisions about who to treat and who to leave behind, cultural challenges, and communication ethics. The second part focuses on disaster research ethics.

With the growing awareness of the need for evidence to guide disaster preparedness and response, more research is being conducted in disasters. Any research involving humans raises ethical questions and requires appropriate regulation and oversight. The authors explore how disaster research can take account of survivors? vulnerability, informed consent, the sudden onset of disasters, and other ethical issues. Both parts examine ethical challenges where seeking to do good, harm can be done. Faced with overwhelming needs and scarce resources, no good solution may be apparent. But choosing the less wrong option can have a high price. In addition, what might seem right at home may not be seen to be right elsewhere. This book provides in-depth and practical reflection on these and other challenging ethical questions arising during disasters.

Scholars and practitioners who gathered at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland in 2011 offer their reflections to promote further dialogue so that those devastated by disasters are respected by being treated in the most ethically sou

nd ways possible.

 

 

Keywords

  • Disaster Bioethics
  • Disaster research
  • Ethical responsibilities of the media
  • Ethics in training professionals
  • Evidence
  • Global Pandemics
  • Healtcare in disasters
  • Healthcare
  • Macro-Triage
  • Research ethics
  • micro-triage

Reviews

“This edited volume brings together an interdisciplinary array of scholars from around the world to discuss disaster bioethics. … book offers an insightful examination of some neglected topics within the larger study of disasters that warrant inquiry. … Disaster Bioethics is a much needed contribution to a field that struggles with how to carry out research in extreme situations. It should be read, at the very least, by any scholar or practitioner who wishes to conduct fieldwork in disaster research.” (Nathalie Baker, Natural Hazards Observer, Vol. 39 (6), July, 2015)

“The book is comprised of 13 chapters … contributed by individual authors and divided into two sections. … It will serve to shape and focus future research and debate. … This is a volume that will be of value to those interested in exploring the acceptable ethical bounds of conduct during times of disaster. Such individuals should include not only ethicists but also public health professionals, humanitarian aid workers, and academics who might conduct research in a disaster setting.” (James D. Hearn, Bioethical Inquiry, Vol. 12, 2015)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

    Dónal P. O’Mathúna, Bert Gordijn

  • Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Ireland

    Mike Clarke

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Disaster Bioethics: Normative Issues When Nothing is Normal

  • Editors: Dónal P. O’Mathúna, Bert Gordijn, Mike Clarke

  • Series Title: Public Health Ethics Analysis

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-3864-5

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-007-3863-8

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-017-7845-9

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-007-3864-5

  • Series ISSN: 2211-6680

  • Series E-ISSN: 2211-6699

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 219

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics, Society

Buying options

eBook USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-94-007-3864-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)