Consensual ideas for prioritizing patients: correlates of preferences in the allocation of medical resources

Adrian Furnham, Charlotte Robinson, Simmy Grover

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Abstract

Five hundred adults indicated their preferences about the fairness and ethics of allocating scarce medical interventions. They also completed an IQ test, a measure of self-esteem and the extent to which they believed in a Just World, as well as General Conspiracy Theories. Results confirmed previous studies which showed a strong preference for the Utilitarian “saves most lives,” followed by the Prioritization “sickest first” and “youngest first,” preferences. Correlations and regressions indicated relatively few significant individual difference correlates of allocation preferences, with IQ being the major exception. Implications and limitations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEthics and Behavior
Early online date29 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • allocation
  • covid-19
  • medical ethics
  • Scare resources
  • utilitarianism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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