Rapid qualitative review of ethical issues surrounding healthcare for pregnant women or women of reproductive age in epidemic outbreaks

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Hummel P, Saxena A, Klingler C
Journal: Epidemiology and Health
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 40
ISSN: 2092-7193


Abstract

This article describes, categorizes, and discusses the results of a
rapid literature review aiming to provide an overview of the ethical
issues and corresponding solutions surrounding pregnancies in epidemic
outbreaks. The review was commissioned by the World Health Organization
to inform responses to the Zika outbreak that began in 2015. Due to the
urgency of the response efforts that needed to be informed by the
literature search, a rapid qualitative review of the literature
published in PubMed was conducted. The search and analysis were based on
the operationalization of 3 key concepts: ethics, pregnancy, and
epidemic outbreak. Ethical issues and solutions were interpreted within a
principlist framework. The data were analyzed using qualitative content
analysis. The search identified 259 publications, of which the full
text of 23 papers was read. Of those, 20 papers contained a substantive
part devoted to the topic of interest and were therefore analyzed
further. We clustered the ethical issues and solutions around 4 themes:
uncertainty, harms, autonomy/liberty, and effectiveness. Recognition of
the identified ethical issues and corresponding solutions can inform and
improve response efforts, public health planning, policies, and
decision-making, as well as the activities of medical staff and
counselors who practice before, during, or after an epidemic outbreak
that affects pregnant women or those of reproductive age. The rapid
review format proved to be useful despite its limited data basis and
expedited review process.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Hummel, Patrik Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Systematische Theologie II (Ethik)


How to cite

APA:
Hummel, P., Saxena, A., & Klingler, C. (2018). Rapid qualitative review of ethical issues surrounding healthcare for pregnant women or women of reproductive age in epidemic outbreaks. Epidemiology and Health, 40. https://dx.doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2018003

MLA:
Hummel, Patrik, Abha Saxena, and Corinna Klingler. "Rapid qualitative review of ethical issues surrounding healthcare for pregnant women or women of reproductive age in epidemic outbreaks." Epidemiology and Health 40 (2018).

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