Strange Bedfellows: Reflections on Bioethics’ Role in Disaster Response Planning


This essay considers the potential role of bioethics in disaster response planning and preparedness. Bioethicists can make substantial contributions, by ensuring that decision-making and distribution of resources during crises is carried out in a fair and just manner, as well as by examining the assumptions upon which disaster planning are based. Bioethicists should also be aware of potential pitfalls of overly-hasty engagement with this new field.


Health Law, Bioethics, Disaster Response

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American Journal of Bioethics

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6 (5) American Journal of Bioethics 3 (2006)

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