Challenges for mental health services raised by disaster preparedness: Mapping the ethical and therapeutic terrain

Peter V. Rabins, Nancy E. Kass, Lainie Rutkow, Jon S. Vernick, James Hodge

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

    4 Scopus citations

    Abstract

    Identifying vulnerable groups and ensuring that their needs are met during disasters-whether naturally occurring or manmade-are vital aspects of preparedness planning. Developing preparedness strategies that are responsive to those at greatest risk is a moral mandate, justified by the principles of beneficence, justice, and respect for autonomy. Individuals with preexisting mental disorders and newly emergent psychological symptoms are particularly vulnerable to adverse outcomes during and after disasters. Without advance planning, these individuals might not benefit from necessary mental health services and treatments during and after disasters. In this commentary, we discuss ethical issues that arise in emergency preparedness planning for vulnerable individuals with psychological and psychiatric conditions and disorders.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)175-179
    Number of pages5
    JournalBiosecurity and Bioterrorism
    Volume9
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Challenges for mental health services raised by disaster preparedness: Mapping the ethical and therapeutic terrain'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this