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Doctors’ personal reflections should not include case details, says new guidance

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 12 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3890
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Doctors recording their personal reflections on lessons learnt from their practice and clinical outcomes should anonymise patient information and should focus on learning for the future rather than the details of cases, new guidance suggests.1

The joint guidance for doctors and medical students comes from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD), the General Medical Council (GMC), and the Medical Schools Council.

It follows a furore over the case of Hadiza Bawa-Garba, the trainee paediatrician found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter after the death of Jack Adcock, 6, from septic shock. Her reflections were appended to a statement …

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