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Informed consent and clinical trials: where is the placebo effect?

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j463 (Published 03 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j463

Consent makes the law (Consensus facit legem)

Informed consent is a redundancy, because being properly informed is a precondition of consent. Without being properly informed, a patient or client cannot give any legitimate, binding consent. Therefore, it is imperative that all professionals withhold any request for agreement or signatures, until after all information and questions have been addressed.


Competing interests: No competing interests

05 February 2017
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA