Commentary: What's wrong with opting out?

Sommerville, Ann
May 2001
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);05/19/2001, Vol. 322 Issue 7296, p1221
Academic Journal
Comments on the availability and quality of medical information provided to patients. Desire of patients to have their options clearly outlined for them; Debate over informed consent; Presumptions about patients who utilize the services of the National Health Service (NHS) of Great Britain.


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