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Covid-19 Pandemic Led To Growing Acceptance Of Doctors Withholding Treatment

Posted on AllSides April 27th, 2024
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While most researchers, policymakers, lawyers, and journalists have always advocated that doctors are obligated to treat patients with infectious diseases, the Covid-19 pandemic might have changed that long-held view. According to a new study that analyzed people’s tolerance for doctors withholding treatment to Covid-19 patients, researchers observed a steadily growing acceptance of the view that it could be ethically acceptable for doctors to refuse care. “All the papers throughout history have shown that physicians broadly believed they should treat infectious disease patients,” lead author, Braylee Grisel, a student at Duke...

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