Pediatric heart surgery in Ghana: Three ethical questions

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Abstract

When a group of doctors and nurses from Boston, Massachusetts, provided evaluation and heart surgery to children in Ghana, they encountered three rationing dilemmas: (1) What portion of surgery slots should they reserve for the simplest, most cost-effective surgeries? (2) How much time should be reserved for especially simple, nonsurgical interventions? (3) How much time should be reserved to training local staff to perform such surgeries? This article investigates these three dilemmas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-322
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Ethics
Volume25
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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