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Ethical implications of consent and confidentiality
  1. Y Khan1,
  2. R J Stirling2
  1. 1SHO Ophthalmology, Ashford Hospital, London Road, Middlesex, TW15 3AA, UK;
  2. 2Darlington Memorial Hospital, Hollyhurst Road, Darlington, DL3 6HX, UK

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    Recently a prospective, observational clinical study was carried out in the department of ophthalmology, at a district general hospital. The main purpose of the study was to evaluate the medicolegal and ethical implication of consent and confidentiality in ophthalmic practice, in accordance with the guidelines provided by medical law.

    One hundred patients, who had been referred by optometrists to ophthalmologists, were included in the study. The general ophthalmic services (GOS) 18 form, a referral form used by optometrists for referring patients to ophthalmologists, which allows optometrists to share a patient's medical information with ophthalmologists, was used as a …

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