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Most doctors see consent from functionalist perspective

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:735
  1. Eleanor Peters, Research associate (,
  2. Maggie Challis, Senior lecturer
  1. Centre for Postgraduate and Continuing Medical Education, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH

    EDITOR—Alderson and Goodey's article considers the different theoretical perspectives on the practical issue of consent.1 A study recently conducted by a multidisciplinary team at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, supports the authors‘ assertion that consent is understood in different and sometimes conflicting ways by medical staff.

    A questionnaire asked preregistration house officers, senior house officers, and nurses from various specialties about training received in obtaining consent, training required, and important issues regarding consent. The questionnaire included vignettes or case studies …

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