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Frailty triage: is rationing intensive medical treatment on the grounds of frailty ethical?

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In early 2020, a number of countries developed and published intensive care triage guidelines for the pandemic. Several of those guidelines, especially in the UK, encouraged the explicit assessment of clinical frailty as part of triage. Frailty is relevant to resource allocation in at least three separate ways, through its impact on probability of survival, longevity and quality of life (though not a fourth – length of intensive care stay). I review and reject claims that frailty-based triage...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1080/15265161.2020.1851809

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
Merton College
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-3958-8633
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Name:
Wellcome Trust
Grant:
203132/Z/16/Z
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
American Journal of Bioethics More from this journal
Volume:
21
Issue:
11
Pages:
48-63
Publication date:
2020-12-08
Acceptance date:
2020-09-15
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EISSN:
1536-0075
ISSN:
1526-5161
Language:
English
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1132478
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pubs:1132478
Deposit date:
2020-09-16

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