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Should I accept gifts from patients?

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 10 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h617
  1. Marika Davies, freelance journalist, The BMJ
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The offer of a gift from a patient may be more complicated than a simple expression of gratitude. MarikaDavies explores the ethical issues behind accepting gifts from patients


  • Competing interests: I have read and understood BMJ’s policy on declaration of interests and declare the following interests: I am employed as a medicolegal adviser by the Medical Protection Society.

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