Social Health Disparities in Clinical Care: A New Approach to Medical Fairness

Bringedal B, Bærøe K. Commentary to 'Social Health Disparities in Clinical Care: A New Approach to Medical Fairness' by Puschel, Furlan and Dekkers , Public Health Ethics 2016; doi: 10.1093/phe/phw042. Epub ahead of print.

Commentary in English. First published online December 10, 2016.

Abstract (not available in PubMed yet):
The commentary brings up two topics. The first concerns whether and how a patient’s socioeconomic status (SES) should count in clinical care. We provide a brief summary of Puschel and colleagues’ view and discuss it in relation to other accounts. We share their conclusion; considering SES in clinical care can be justified from a fairness perspective. Yet, we question the claim that this is a new perspective, and argue that the reason for the claim of novelty is an insufficient use of references. This leads to the second topic, which is a discussion of citation practices in philosophical/ethics papers. We describe common deviations from academic standards, and suggest how unfortunate practices can be reduced.

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