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Publishing information about patients

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 02 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:578

Obtaining consent to publication may be unethical in some cases

  1. Jochen Vollmann,
  2. Hanfried Helmchen
  1. Lecturer Professor Department of Psychiatry, Free University of Berlin, Germany

    EDITOR,—At its last meeting the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors revised its guidelines regarding the protection of patients' rights to privacy in manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. It changed its policy from one stating that anonymity should be maintained to one stating that information that might identify a patient should not be published unless it is essential for scientific purposes and the patient has given written informed consent for publication.1 2 Gaining informed consent for this purpose …

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