Journal article

Which factors should be included in triage? An online survey of the attitudes of the UK general public to pandemic triage dilemmas

Dominic Wilkinson, Hazem Zohny, Andreas Kappes, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Julian Savulescu

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: As cases of COVID-19 infections surge, concerns have renewed about intensive care units (ICUs) being overwhelmed and the need for specific triage protocols over winter. This study aimed to help inform triage guidance by exploring the views of lay people about factors to include in triage decisions. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Online survey between 29th of May and 22nd of June 2020 based on hypothetical triage dilemmas. Participants recruited from existing market research panels, representative of the UK general population. Scenarios were presented in which a single ventilator is available, and two patients require ICU admission and ventilation. Patients differed in one of: c..

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Awarded by University of Oxford Medical Sciences Division COVID-19 Research Response Fund

Awarded by Wellcome trust

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by a grant from the University of Oxford Medical Sciences Division COVID-19 Research Response Fund #0008940. DW and JS were supported for this work by a grant from the Wellcome trust 203132/Z/16/Z. JS was supported by Wellcome trust grant 104848/Z/14/Z and, through his involvement with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, was supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.