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Details of patients' consent in studies should be reported

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 12 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1127
  1. Magne Nylenna, Editora
  1. a Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association, PO Box 1152 Sentrum, 0107 Oslo, Norway

    Editor—Marcel G M Olde Rikkert and colleagues found that the frequency with which information on informed consent and approval by an ethics committee was given in reports of trials was low.1 Browsing through various medical journals shows that this phenomenon is not limited to geriatrics. Olde Rikkert and colleagues are therefore right to request more open declarations on when and how informed consent was given or, in special circumstances, why consent was not obtained.

    Protection of patients' rights is increasingly important at all …

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