Fight or Flight The Ethics of Emergency Physician Disaster Response
Iserson, K.V., Heine, C.E., Larkin, G.L., et al. (2008). Fight or Flight: The Ethics of Emergency Physician Disaster Response. (Abstract only.) Annals of Emergency Medicine. 51(4): 345-353.
The authors highlight the factors that influence healthcare workers' decisions in disaster situations relative to the amount of danger they actually faced. They share information related to guidelines from medical professional organizations about duty to provide care despite risk, moral reasoning behind providing care during disasters, and the effect of fear on behavior. The importance of effective risk communication and its ability to enable informed decision making is also emphasized.