When Following the Rules Feels Wrong

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The Covid-19 pandemic has created a clinical environment in which health care practitioners are experiencing moral distress in numerous and novel ways. In this narrative reflection, a pediatric palliative care physician explores how his hospital's strict visitation policy set the stage for moral distress when, in the early months of the pandemic, it prevented two parents from being together at the bedside of their dying child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-5
Number of pages2
JournalThe Hastings Center report
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Covid-19
  • clinical ethics
  • end-of-life care
  • health policy
  • moral distress
  • pediatric palliative care
  • uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


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