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Allocating Scarce Medical Resources: Using Social Usefulness as a Criterion

Selvaraj, D; McClelland, A; Furnham, A; (2017) Allocating Scarce Medical Resources: Using Social Usefulness as a Criterion. Ethics and Behavior 10.1080/10508422.2017.1404909. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This study aimed to determine if people would use social usefulness as a criterion when allocating a kidney to potential recipients. Participants (N = 281) ranked hypothetical patients in order of priority to receive the kidney, using only information on the patients’ volunteering record, intelligence, emotional intelligence, and attractiveness. The results showed that volunteers were prioritized over nonvolunteers, highly intelligent patients over those with average intelligence, patients with high emotional intelligence over those with average emotional intelligence, and good-looking patients over average-looking patients. There was little evidence of personal favoritism. Implications and limitations are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Allocating Scarce Medical Resources: Using Social Usefulness as a Criterion
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2017.1404909
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10508422.2017.1404909
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Scarce medical resource allocation, social usefulness, personal favouritism
UCL classification: UCL
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 > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10044854
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