Case reports and ethics: Focus on consent, privacy and authorship

Cornock, Marc (2021). Case reports and ethics: Focus on consent, privacy and authorship. Case Reports in Women's Health, 32, article no. e00358.



Case reports represent a timely way for advancing medical scientific knowledge of rare medical conditions. Publication in reputable international journals allows the dissemination of information to the widest audience. Although an efficient method of medical advancement, publishing case reports is not without its issues and problems. From an ethical and legal perspective, 3 key areas – consent, patient privacy and authorship – need to be considered by researchers and writers of case reports before they undertake their research and submit their article for publication.

These three possible areas of concern, consent, privacy and authorship, will be discussed in turn.

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