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Consent to the publication of patient information: More on confidentiality and case material

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7471.916-a (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:916
  1. Heather Draper ([email protected]), senior lecturer biomedical ethics,
  2. Wendy Rogers, associate professor medical ethics and health law
  1. University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT
  2. Department of Medical Education, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia

    EDITOR—We welcome the views of the BMJ ethics committee.1 In an article for the Journal of Medical Ethics we drew attention to some of the obstacles to gaining consent for publication of case material in ethics.2 We also reviewed the policy of several general medical and specialist ethics journals and found that many, including the Journal of Medical Ethics, gave no instructions on confidentiality.

    Given the amount of case material that is used in medical ethics, this is a …

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