Letters Mental Capacity Act

How research is affected

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39493.443900.1F (Published 21 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:405
  1. Andrew J Ludman, cardiology research fellow
  1. 1Hatter Cardiovascular Institute, University College London, London WC1E 6HX
  1. a.ludman{at}ucl.ac.uk

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 could be regarded as protective to both patient and clinician in the circumstances of routine medical care.1 It has also helped clarify the issue of capacity when patients are asked to take part in research studies. Sections 30-34 of the act deal …

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