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Study questions ethics of covert medication

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 12 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:402
  1. Jenny Blythe
  1. BMJ

    Carers of patients with dementia believe that it is sometimes justified to give medication secretly, a new study says. Nearly three quarters of care units surveyed admitted giving drugs, hidden in food or drink, without consent from patients. Moreover, 96% of carers in the community believed that the practice was sometimes justifiable, although most believed …

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