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J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry ; 60(3): 332-335, 2021 03.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1047645


The practice of child and adolescent psychiatry is evolving during an unprecedented global health catastrophe, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As child and adolescent psychiatrists grapple with COVID-19's enormous medical, educational, social, and economic toll, a mental health crisis is co-occurring. Pre-existing disparities are recognized as contributors to the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on racial and ethnic minorities.1 The magnitude of COVID-19's effects on child and family mental health has yet to be fully revealed. child and adolescent psychiatrists are in a unique position to address this mental health crisis. Child and adolescent psychiatrists must stay up-to-date regarding federal, state, local, and institutional mandates, regulations, and policies informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2 and other public health institutions, while also navigating the ethical dilemmas unique to child and adolescent psychiatry during the coronavirus era.

Adolescent Psychiatry/ethics , COVID-19/psychology , Child Psychiatry/ethics , Mental Health , Pandemics , Adolescent , Child , Family Health , Health Status Disparities , Humans
Pediatrics ; 146(1)2020 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-203500


The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of medicine and raises numerous moral dilemmas for clinicians. Foremost of these quandaries is how to delineate and implement crisis standards of care and, specifically, how to consider how health care resources should be distributed in times of shortage. We review basic principles of disaster planning and resource stewardship with ethical relevance for this and future public health crises, explore the role of illness severity scoring systems and their limitations and potential contribution to health disparities, and consider the role for exceptionally resource-intensive interventions. We also review the philosophical and practical underpinnings of crisis standards of care and describe historical approaches to scarce resource allocation to offer analysis and guidance for pediatric clinicians. Particular attention is given to the impact on children of this endeavor. Although few children have required hospitalization for symptomatic infection, children nonetheless have the potential to be profoundly affected by the strain on the health care system imposed by the pandemic and should be considered prospectively in resource allocation frameworks.

Betacoronavirus , Pandemics/ethics , Pediatrics/ethics , Resource Allocation/ethics , COVID-19 , Child , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Delivery of Health Care/ethics , Delivery of Health Care/methods , Humans , Pediatrics/methods , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , Resource Allocation/methods , SARS-CoV-2