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Videotaping of general practice consultations

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7010.952a (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:952
  1. Jacqueline E Bain,
  2. Neil S D Mackay
  1. Research assistant Department of Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow G4 0BA
  2. General practitioner Surgery, Alexandria G83 0NB

    EDITOR,--L Malcolm Campbell and colleagues state that the consent rate for videotaped consultations in their study was 91%, which shows the vulnerability of patients to coercion.1 The method of obtaining consent has an important bearing on this figure and is not described by the authors. When coercion and bias are removed, consent rates in the order of 4-10% are to be expected.2 …

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