I dedicate this article to Irwin Levin (my graduate advisor) on the occasion of his completion of 40 years as a faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of Iowa.
Patient Characteristics That Impact Healthcare Resource Allocation Choices: Relative Impact of Mental Illness, Age, and Parental Status1
Article first published online: 28 AUG 2007
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 9, pages 2072–2085, September 2007
How to Cite
Wiseman, D. (2007), Patient Characteristics That Impact Healthcare Resource Allocation Choices: Relative Impact of Mental Illness, Age, and Parental Status. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37: 2072–2085. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00251.x
- Issue published online: 28 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 28 AUG 2007
This study assessed how changes in descriptions of hypothetical patients suffering from kidney disease impact choices about whether they should be allocated access to a life-supporting artificial kidney machine. In 2 experiments, each using a different sample, participants were given a list of prospective (fictional) patients, all of whom were described as having kidney disease, yet varied with respect to characteristics of parental status, age, and mental health status. Participants rank-ordered patients on the basis of priority for treatment. Participants favored patients who had children, were young, and were mentally healthy. Age was a larger determinant of participant choices than mental health status. Implications of these results for prejudice against those who are childless, elderly, and mentally ill are noted.