After COVID-19: The Way We Die from Now On

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Ethical issues raised by the outbreak of COVID-19 have predominantly been addressed through a public health ethics lens. This article proposes that the rising COVID-19 fatalities and the World Health Organization’s failure to include palliative care as part of its guidance on how to maintain essential health services during the pandemic have exposed palliative care as an underlying global crisis. It therefore calls for a different ethical framework that includes a care ethics perspective and thereby addresses the ways in which the pandemic has triggered new difficulties in ensuring the delivery of appropriate end-of-life care for the dying. The article analyses the structural weaknesses of palliative care accentuated by the pandemic and proposes solutions that could set in motion lasting changes in the way it is delivered beyond COVID-19.
Authors Elsner, Anna
Journal or Publication Title Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Language English
Subjects cultural studies
health sciences
HSG Classification contribution to practical use / society
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Transcultural Workspaces
Refereed Yes
Date 1 January 2021
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication Cambridge
Volume 30
Number 1
Page Range 69-72
Number of Pages 4
Publisher DOI
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Anna Elsner
Date Deposited 17 Nov 2021 21:04
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:46


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Elsner, Anna (2021) After COVID-19: The Way We Die from Now On. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 30 (1). 69-72.

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