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Ethics committees

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7022.54a (Published 06 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:54

Information that can be given to researchers over the telephone needs to be clarified

  1. Tom McClintock,
  2. Caroline Friendship
  1. Research senior registrar Research psychologist Denis Hill Unit, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX

    EDITOR,—As researchers conducting a follow up study of patients after their discharge from a secure forensic psychiatric unit we wish to report our experiences of dealing with research ethics committees. We have experienced many of the problems experienced by Claire Middle and colleagues1 but wish to highlight the range of procedures that we have had to complete before gaining access to information on patients.

    Hospitals that had accepted patients after discharge from the unit were contacted about subsequent admission …

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