An ethics framework for assisting clinician-managers in resource allocation decision making

E. M. Meslin, L. Lemieux-Charles

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In response to continued pressure on the Canadian healthcare system, hospitals are implementing structural changes to address issues of cost containment, utilization, and resource allocation. One strategy has been to decentralize managerial decision making to clinicians, creating 'clinician- managers' (CMs). We surveyed 3,000 hospital-based CMs in Ontario, Canada (including physicians, nurses, and other health professionals), in order to understand the nature and frequency of the ethical issues they face as a consequence of their involvement in resource allocation decisions, and to identify mechanisms for dealing with these problems in their hospitals. Based on the survey results, we developed a Management Ethics Framework to assist CMs to reach an ethically justifiable resolution of these types of problems, both individually, and in the context of their membership in the healthcare team. The results, and particularly the discussion that follows, represent a confluence of philosophical, clinical, and organizational perspectives on ethics and resource allocation by clinicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-48
Number of pages16
JournalHospital and Health Services Administration
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 20 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management

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