Addressing prioritization in healthcare amidst a global pandemic

Craig Mitton*, Cam Donaldson, Francois Dionne, Stuart Peacock

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Trade-offs abound in healthcare yet depending on where one stands relative to the stages of a pandemic, choice making may be more or less constrained. During the early stages of COVID-19 when there was much uncertainty, healthcare systems faced greater constraints and focused on the singular criterion of “flattening the curve.” As COVID-19 progressed and the first wave diminished (relatively speaking depending on the jurisdiction), more opportunities presented for making explicit choices between COVID and non-COVID patients. Then, as the second wave surged, again decision makers were more constrained even as more information and greater understanding developed. Moving out of the pandemic to recovery, choice making becomes paramount as there are no set rules to lean back into historical patterns of resource allocation. In fact, the opportunity at hand, when using explicit tools for priority setting based on economic and ethical principles, is significant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-255
Number of pages4
JournalHealthcare Management Forum
Issue number5
Early online date5 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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