Consent to the publication of patient information: Incompetent patients may pose a problem

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7471.916 (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:916
  1. Ainsley J Newson (a.newson@imperial.ac.uk), postdoctoral associate in clinical ethics and genetics
  1. Medical Ethics Unit, Imperial College London and London IDEAS Genetics Knowledge Park, London W6 8RP

    EDITOR—The BMJ ethics committee's revised policy on consent to the publication of patient information is laudable,1 but an important matter remains overlooked: publishing cases involving incompetent patients. Much can be learnt from these cases; be it highlighting clinical difficulties or drawing attention to neglected moral issues. But the guidelines as written may make …

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