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Patients need not give consent in all clinical education

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:549
  1. Edith ter Braak, vice director, residents training programme, internal medicine (
  1. University Medical Centre Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584 CX Utrecht, Netherlands

    EDITOR—Lawler argues that patients taking part in assessments of clinical skills as part of postgraduate training programmes should give written informed consent.1

    The ultimate goal of optimising competency based training and assessment in medical education is creating the best possible doctors and specialists for patients. Does explicitly asking informed consent from patients participating in clinical education really serve this goal? The willingness …

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