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Letters Consent for publication

Simplifying consent for publication of case reports

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1878
  1. Robert W Aldridge, foundation year 2 doctor1
  1. 1Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2QG
  1. rob.aldridge{at}

    Under the data protection act and guidance from the information commissioner, the BMJ is obliged to ensure all authors obtain consent for publication of case reports.1 As a foundation year 2 trainee keen to publish such interesting cases, I appreciate this need to protect patients, but I have also been frustrated by the current consent process.

    The Information Commissioner …

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