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Erik Gustavsson

Associate Professor

Erik Gustavsson is a senior lecturer in applied ethics.


I defended my thesis on needs in health care priority setting in 2018. Since then, I have primarily done research and teaching on ethics and applied ethics with a focus on medical ethics. My main research interest relates to medical ethics, especially ethical issues that arise in health care priority setting.

In the coming years (2021-2023) I will primarily work in my post-doctoral project From scarcity to extreme scarcity – priority setting in crisis and war funded by The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). 

The overall aim of the project is to relate the discussion about health care priority setting to a context of crisis and war. These two discussions have largely taken place independently of each other. There is a need to increase knowledge about, for example, the relationship between priority setting and continuity management. That need has not diminished in 2020 in view of the ongoing pandemic.

The focus of this project is the context in which the principles of priority setting are to be applied. Normally, it has been assumed that the context in which principles should work is a health care system in which resources are not extremely scarce, but nevertheless scarce. However, are the principles that seem reasonable in everyday life as reasonable in a situation of crisis and war – when resources go from scarce to extremely scarce? This question is my primary focus for the coming years.

Recent publications


Lars Sandman, Jan Liliemark, Erik Gustavsson, Martin Henriksson (2024) Is a larger patient benefit always better in healthcare priority setting? Medicine, Health care and Philosophy Continue to DOI


Erik Gustavsson, Lars Lindblom (2023) Justification of principles for healthcare priority setting: the relevance and roles of empirical studies exploring public values Journal of Medical Ethics Continue to DOI
Erik Gustavsson, Lars Lindblom (2023) It seems important to study public values regarding priority setting principles, but why exactly? The Journal of Medical Ethics Blog
Borgar Jolstad, Erik Gustavsson (2023) Against tiebreaking arguments in priority setting Journal of Medical Ethics Continue to DOI
Erik Gustavsson, Niklas Juth, Gerd Larfars, Pauline Raaschou, Lars Sandman (2023) Should relational effects be considered in health care priority setting? Bioethics, Vol. 37, p. 668-673 Continue to DOI