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|Title: ||Commentary: Consent and confidentiality in publishing—the view of the BMJ’s ethics committee,|
|Authors: ||Newson, A.J.|
|Issue Date: ||2008|
|Citation: ||Newson, A.J. & Sheather, J. (2008), Commentary: Consent and confidentiality in publishing—the view of the BMJ’s ethics committee, BMJ 2008; 337:a1232; doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1232 (Published 08 Sept 2008)|
|Abstract: ||Two years ago four paediatricians and an ethicist submitted to the BMJa case study as an ethical debate which the BMJ
decided not to publish because the authors had not obtained the consent of the patient’s parents for publication. The
authors submitted it elsewhere, and the article was published last year.
Here the authors explain why they think the BMJshould have published despite the lack of consent (doi
10.1136/bmj.a1231); the editor of the journal that did publish the case study explains why he did so (doi:
10.1136/bmj.a1233); and two members of the BMJ’s ethics committee explain why they recommended not to publish it. An
accompanying editorial explains why English law would now not allow the BMJto publish it without consent, even if we
thought it reasonable to do so.
We explain here the response of the BMJ’s ethics committee to the case study submitted by Isaacs and colleagues and
make some broader points about the need for patient consent to publish case studies. We conclude that the “public
interest” criterion for publication justifiably has a high threshold, which was not met by this paper. Yet we recognise that
policy formation in this contested area can be difficult and that further debate is required|
|Rights and Permissions: ||CC BY-NC 3.0|
|Type of Work: ||Article|
|Type of Publication: ||Publisher version|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers and Publications. Sydney Health Ethics|
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