Avoiding the Banality of Evil in Times of COVID-19: Thinking Differently with a Biopsychosocial Perspective for Future Health and Social Policies Development.

Leonardi M, Lee H, van der Veen S, Maribo T, Cuenot M, Simon L, Paltamaa J, Maart S, Tucker C, Besstrashnova Y, Shosmin A, Cid D, Almborg AH, Anttila H, Yamada S, Frattura L, Zavaroni C, Zhuoying Q, Martinuzzi A, Martinuzzi M, Magnani FG, Snyman S, El Oumri AA, Sylvain N, Layton N, Sykes C, Saleeby PW, Winkler AS, de Camargo OK

SN Compr Clin Med - (-) 1-3 [2020-09-01; online 2020-09-01]

The COVID-19 pandemic provides the opportunity to re-think health policies and health systems approaches by the adoption of a biopsychosocial perspective, thus acting on environmental factors so as to increase facilitators and diminish barriers. Specifically, vulnerable people should not face discrimination because of their vulnerability in the allocation of care or life-sustaining treatments. Adoption of biopsychosocial model helps to identify key elements where to act to diminish effects of the pandemics. The pandemic showed us that barriers in health care organization affect mostly those that are vulnerable and can suffer discrimination not because of severity of diseases but just because of their vulnerability, be this age or disability and this can be avoided by biopsychosocial planning in health and social policies. It is possible to avoid the banality of evil, intended as lack of thinking on what we do when we do, by using the emergence of the emergency of COVID-19 as a Trojan horse to achieve some of the sustainable development goals such as universal health coverage and equity in access, thus acting on environmental factors is the key for global health improvement.

Type: Journal article

PubMed 32905109

DOI 10.1007/s42399-020-00486-8

Crossref 10.1007/s42399-020-00486-8

pii: 486
pmc: PMC7462656


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