Daniel K Sokol argues that on rare occasions benignly deceiving patients can be morally acceptable, and he has devised a decision checklist to help doctors facing such a dilemma
Although some aspects of the NHS care record service have a broad consensus agreement, issues of consent and security are dividing health professionals, the public, and the national programme for information technology. Nigel Watson believes his experience of opting out shows it to be the most workable option, but John Halamka uses a US model to argue that opting in is the only way to ensure confidentiality
The government is committed to improved access to psychological therapy. How big an expansion is necessary to meet the NICE guidelines on depression and anxiety, and how should it be organised?
The quality and outcomes framework will soon reward primary care doctors who screen for depression in England and Wales. This article scrutinises the rationale and evidence to support such screening
The benefits and harms of screening for breast cancer are delicately balanced and women should decide for themselves, on an informed basis. Do the invitations give enough information to enable this?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is rarely successful in people who are old or frail, but current policy guidance fails to take this into account
Clinical geneticists currently collect and store information on family history without explicit consent. Are they flouting the Data Protection Act?
If you have a family history of inherited disease, giving details could lead to discrimination
Surgeons and patients seeking improved treatment often forget that a new technique is not necessarily a better one
Evidence based health care should apply to the way that services are delivered as much as it does to treatments
Amid recent improvements in cancer care within the United Kingdom, inadequate radiotherapy capacity compromises care and is an important and underappreciated problem