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Patient characteristics and the allocation of scarce medical resources

Furnham, A; Thomas, C; Petrides, KV; (2002) Patient characteristics and the allocation of scarce medical resources. Psychology, Health and Medicine , 7 (1) pp. 99-106. 10.1080/13548500120101595.

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Abstract

This was the sixth study in a programmatic series (Furnham, 1996; Furnham & Briggs, 1993; Furnham & Ofstein, 1997; Furnham et al., 1999; 2000) that examined the effects of participant personality and patient characteristics on the preferential allocation of scarce medical resources. Patients differed in gender, personality, mental illness and intelligence. Participants favoured extraverts over introverts; those with no history of mental illness over those with a history; and the highly intelligent over the moderately intelligent. There was little evidence that the personality traits of participants affected their ratings of patients. Implications for socio-moral and medical ethical decision making are considered. Both the limitations of this methodology and the implications of these findings for real ethical committees are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Patient characteristics and the allocation of scarce medical resources
DOI: 10.1080/13548500120101595
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1423043
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