Allocation of Scare Resources During a Pandemic
Reflecting on the experience of the hospice and palliative care provider community throughout the course of the past year’s global pandemic, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s board has issued a statement for providers, Allocation of Scare Resources During a Pandemic.
This document is designed as a resource for hospice and palliative care leaders and their organizations when facing future resource allocation decisions. One of the most difficult ethical questions in healthcare is the fair allocation of scare resources.
The purpose of this document is to:
- Assist hospice and palliative care leaders and organizations to (re)familiarize themselves with a small set of ethical concepts as they face resource allocation decisions.
- Introduce four principles of healthcare ethics and place them in the context of resource allocation.
- Guide leaders and their organization through a compact decision-making and discernment model, mainly as a means to raise attention to a handful of foundational questions central to the topic.
Download the Statement on Resource Allocation.