Pretest counselling and informed consent should be prerequisites

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7024.182c (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:182
  1. Adrian Edwards
  1. Clinical fellow Department of General Practice, University of Wales College of Medicine, Llanedeyrn Health Centre, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff CF3 7PM

    EDITOR,—Neonatal screening is justifiable if the individual screening tests have been assessed against criteria of suitability.1 For its implementation to be ethical, however, a further component is required: adequate pretest counselling and informed consent.

    Neonatal screening has potential for rapid expansion, yet there is little evidence that even those tests recently included in …

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