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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME) Forum for Global Health Ethics

Webinar on the Role of Social Justice in Triage

In this webinar we discussed the role of social justice in triage decisions and explored the tension that arises between two key guiding principles in triage guidelines: justice and efficiency. Some experts argue that an emergency is not the place to remedy structural injustices, while others claim that social justice should play a relevant role in triage, as certain disadvantaged groups are negatively affected by common triage criteria. Some questions we discussed in the webinar were: What should be the main goal of triage? Should it be efficiency, social justice, or should efficiency and social justice be given equal weight in triage guidelines? What lessons have we learned from triage decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic in different contexts? 


  • Aamir Jafarey, Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, Sindh Institute of Medical Sciences, Pakistan
  • Carla Saenz, Regional Program on Bioethics, Pan American Health Organization
  • Harald Schmidt, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, University of Pennsylvania, US
  • Dominic Wilkinson, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, UK 

Hosts: Holger Baumann & Tania Manríquez, University of Zurich 

Organiser institutions: Forum for Global Health Ethics (IBME) and Swiss Medical Weekly

Webinar's concept: Holger Baumann & Felicitas Holzer

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