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Letters Ethical road map through pandemic

Covid-19: clinicians need continuing professional development in ethics

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 13 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2793
  1. Desmond J O’Neill, professor of geriatric medicine
  1. Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin D24 NR0A, Republic of Ireland
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The call for an ethical road map is timely given the explosion of ethical statements of variable quality, overt and occult bias, and obscure provenance during the covid-19 pandemic.1 A missing element is ongoing continuous professional development (CPD) in ethics for clinicians. Deficits in ethical fluency and articulacy have been notable in many settings—for example, editorial oversight of an article in the New England Journal of Medicine that …

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