Elective cardiovascular care in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic: Managing tragic choices

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant morbidity and mortality globally. As health systems grapple with caring for patients affected with COVID-19, cardiovascular procedures that are deemed 'elective' have been postponed. Guidelines concerning which cardiac procedures should be performed during the pandemic vary by specialty and geography in the USA. We propose a clinical heuristic to guide individual physicians and governing bodies in their decision making regarding which cardiac procedures should be performed during the COVID-19 pandemic using the behavioural economics concept of heuristics and ecological rationality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number001069
JournalBMJ Open Quality
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 28 2020

Keywords

  • clinical
  • decision making
  • decision support
  • ethics
  • health equity
  • health policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Leadership and Management
  • Medicine(all)

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