Triage in Disaster Medicine: Ethical Strategies in Various Scenarios

  • Y. Michael BarilanEmail author
  • Margherita Brusa
  • Pinchas Halperin
Part of the Public Health Ethics Analysis book series (PHES, volume 2)


Based on the philosophical literature, research on disaster medicine and the experience of veterans of humanitarian relief teams, this paper explicates an outline for triage in mass-casualty disasters. This outline aims at reconciling—at least to a degree—utilitarian considerations with the moral psychology and professional identity of medical care-givers, while being attuned to the diversity of disaster arenas.


Hybrid Scheme Clinical Ethic Moral Distress Fiduciary Duty Disaster Scenario 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Michael Barilan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Margherita Brusa
    • 2
  • Pinchas Halperin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Medical EducationSackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of PaduaPaduaItaly
  3. 3.Tel Aviv Medical CenterTel AvivIsrael

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