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Psychiatrists are used to dealing with ethical issues in daily practice, but COVID-19 has pushed many into unfamiliar territory and challenged us with new ethical dilemmas. In this podcast, Dr Steve Pearce and Dr Jacinta Tan talk to CPD Online Trainee Editor Dr Jennifer Powell about ethical considerations arising from COVID-19, including equity of access to services, personal and collective needs around prevention and treatment, potential changes to the Mental Health Act, risks and benefits of remote working and where to find support when confronted with COVID-19-related ethical dilemmas.
Date published: 5 May 2020
Presenter: Dr Jennifer Powell
Steve Pearce and Dr Jacinta Tan
Audio running time: 50 minutes
By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have
gained an understanding of:
ethical issues around equity
of access to services for people with mental illness or
the balance between personal
and collective needs with regard to the prevention and treatment of
COVID-19, including issues around confidentiality and use of
personal protective equipment (PPE)
potential changes to the
Mental Health Act and their ethical implications
the risks and benefits of
the role of ethics committees
and other networks to support clinicians when faced with dilemmas
related to COVID-19.
Owing to the fast-changing situation, some changes have
already been made to availability of PPE in mental health units and
more COVID-19 cases are being recorded in in-patient
units since this podcast was recorded; nevertheless, the
principles of discussion remain the same.
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