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Abrstract

Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure with profound impact on patients’ activity and quality of life, and this surgical procedure is highly utilized on both sides of the Atlantic. Due to new payment models in the United States and cost-constraints in the NHS, eligibility criteria are now being used by physicians to determine who may receive total joint replacement. I will explore the ethics of patient selection to improve outcomes; specifically, screening patients by body mass index to determine eligibility for total joint replacement. I argue that this type of screening is not ethically defensible, and that the creation of eligibility cutoffs is likely to lead to unfair restrictions on who receives total joint replacements.

If you would like to attend, please e-mail Jane Beinart at jane.beinart@ethox.ox.ac.uk.

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Ethox and WEH Seminar - Developing an interdisciplinary theoretical framework for global mental health research ethics

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 11am to 12.30pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Ethox and WEH Seminar - Making Breathlessness Visible: a medical humanities approach

Wednesday, 24 July 2019, 11am to 12.30pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Designing and Running Streamlined Randomized Trials

Monday, 13 January 2020 to Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 9.30am - 5pm