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

Matilde Leonardi, Haejung Lee, Sabina van der Veen, Thomas Maribo, Marie Cuenot, Liane Simon, Jaana Paltamaa, Soraya Maart, Carole Tucker, Yanina Besstrashnova, Alexander Shosmin, Daniel Cid, Ann-Helene Almborg, Heidi Anttila, Shin Yamada, Lucilla Frattura, Carlo Zavaroni, Qiu Zhuoying, Andrea Martinuzzi, Michela MartinuzziFrancesca Giulia Magnani, Stefanus Snyman, Ahmed Amine El Oumri, Ndegeya Sylvain, Natasha Layton, Catherine Sykes, Patricia Welch Saleeby, Andrea Sylvia Winkler, Olaf Kraus de Camargo

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalSN comprehensive clinical medicine
Early online date1 Sep 2020
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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