Consent to the publication of patient information: Seeking consent is morally essential

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7471.916-b (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:916
  1. Fiona M Woollard (woollard@mac.com), personal assistant
  1. York YO24 1EP

    EDITOR—Singer writes: “For this reason, you must obtain express consent from patients before publishing personal information about them as individuals in media to which the public has access, for example in journals or text books, whether or not you believe the patient can be identified. Express consent must therefore be sought to the publication of, for example, case-histories about, or photographs of, patients.

    “However, the GMC does admit of exceptions in the case of patients who have …

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