Call for papers for the 1st “Managing resources in the pandemic conference”, 21-22 July 2021

Keynote Speaker: H.E. Longmaid III

Abstract Due Date: Monday 21 June 2021


This conference brings together academics, researchers, educators and others from a wide variety of fields, for a collaborative, multidisciplinary and humanistic exploration of these challenges and issues. All abstracts are peer-reviewed. Themes and issues for the conference include, but are not limited to:

Stream A: End-of-life care

The pandemic has highlighted a dimension of healthcare that has been understood by hospital administrators and policy makers for some time – the complex administrative issues healthcare systems and practitioners face because of limited resources and economic disparities. In the current pandemic, what systems have been put into place to flatten the curve, mitigating the spread of disease so as to not overwhelm hospital systems? How were principles identified, and operationalised? How is it working, and how is it being evaluated? What are the elements of a system-wide basis for allocating scarce resources such as ICU beds and ventilators?


Stream B: Scarcity and its consequences

The allocation of scarce healthcare resources has ethical, legal and social dimensions. How have these played out, in real situations, globally? To what degree can advance directives and living wills alleviate the pressure on the system in a time of pandemic? Where do ethicists, lawyers and clinicians agree, and where do they disagree? How do these problems interact with politics, finances, and the demands of political correctness? On what grounds have hospitals and clinics decided to prioritise which patients receive which treatments and equipment? What formulae have been developed, to score patients and comorbidities, and to what degree can data extractors contribute to accurate and fair scores? What court and state interventions have occurred and what were their consequences?


Stream C: Resource disparities

On a global scale, social and economic inequity and regional disparities impact the supply and distribution of resources. How have hospital administrators, clinical managers and frontline staff handled shortages of ventilators, masks and PPE? To what degree are these a problem of supply chain, and to what degree do they reflect the critical underfunding of healthcare systems at all levels? What are the issues with recycling, decontamination and re-use? How do front-line staff respond to re-use? What are the ethics of countries buying up international supplies of medicines and supplies? How has the use of controversial medications such as hydroxychloroquine impacted its use for other medical problems?


Stream D:  Data analytics and the pandemic

In order to find out how the pandemic is impacting hospital administrators and clinical managers, we are soliciting papers from medical administrators and practitioners in all areas. These papers ask use structured interviews, and evaluate the data with content analysis software. Conference participants interested in cooperating with this effort will publish papers in a journal special issue with HEDRA advisory board members.  If you are interested in this, please click here.


The conference welcomes abstracts from academics, researcher, caregivers, clinicians and doctors working in any medical field, clinical, hospital and medical administrators, people working in interprofessional fields, medical educators, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, psychologists and others. We also welcome experience narratives, case studies, and situation reports from members of the public, people working in any related field, and specialists. For more information on this, please click here.  Participants will be able to watch a plenary session, and participate in a live-stream roundtable, and a conference roundtable discussions.


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