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Letters Doctors’ duty to participate in research

Choosing treatments when the effect of alternatives is uncertain

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3530 (Published 20 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3530
  1. Iain Chalmers, coordinator
  1. James Lind Initiative, Oxford
  1. ichalmers{at}jameslind.net

In the Head to Head debate on whether doctors have a duty to take part in pragmatic randomised trials, Weijer and colleagues are correct to assert that people should be able to choose how they help others when there is uncertainty about the effects of treatments.1 However, a flawed ethics analysis prompts them to take too narrow a view …

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