May 12, 2021, 5:00 pm - May 12, 2021, 6:00 pm

Ethical challenges for women’s healthcare highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic

IME Online Seminar


In this seminar the speaker will discuss the article, recently published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, in more detail and answer questions from the online audience.

Wednesday 12th May, 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Confirmed speaker – Kavita Shah Arora: Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Article abstract:

Healthcare policies developed during the COVID-19 pandemic to safeguard community health have the potential to disadvantage women in three areas. First, protocols for deferral of elective surgery may assign a lower priority to important reproductive outcomes. Second, policies regarding the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 may not capture the complexity of the considerations related to pregnancy. Third, policies formulated to reduce infectious exposure inadvertently may increase disparities in maternal health outcomes and rates of violence towards women. In this commentary, we outline these challenges unique to women’s healthcare in a pandemic, provide preliminary recommendations and identify areas for further exploration and refinement of policy.

Information regarding how to join the online event will be sent to you in advance of the meeting following successful registration

FREE for IME members (ensure you are signed in when booking to claim discount) — £5 for non-IME members

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