Vulnerability is a key concept in traditional and contemporary bioethics. In the philosophical literature, vulnerability is understood not only to be an ontological condition of humanity, but also to be a consequence of contingent factors. Within bioethics debates, vulnerable populations are defined in relation to compromised capacity to consent, increased susceptibility to harm, and/or exploitation. Although vulnerability has historically been associated with older adults, to date, no comprehensive or systematic work exists on the meaning of their vulnerability. To fill this gap, we analysed the literature on aged care for the meaning, foundations, and uses of vulnerability as an ethical concept.
The concept of vulnerability in aged care: a systematic review of argument-based ethics literature / Sanchini, Virginia; Sala, Roberta; Gastmans, Chris. - In: BMC MEDICAL ETHICS. - ISSN 1472-6939. - 23:1(2022), p. 84. [10.1186/s12910-022-00819-3]