Confidentiality of patients' information must be guaranteed

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7418.812-b (Published 02 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:812
  1. Joanna Russell (joannarussell@tiscali.co.uk), senior house officer, oral and maxillofacial surgery
  1. Queen's Hospital, Burton on Trent DE13 0RB

    EDITOR—During a recent research project we needed to contact a large number of patients, many of whom had not been seen since their last review appointment about 10 years previously. Consequently, the personal contact details on the hospital database were out of date.

    We contacted the surgery of each patient's registered general medical practitioner requesting …

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