Tag: information

What are the downsides of information?

When I returned to my desk after the holidays, I read a fascinating piece in the British Medical Journal by Semsarian and Moynihan (2017) who told the story of John, a 32 year old man whose father had given him…

The perils of cyberchondria

My working day got off to a slow start on the day I originally wrote this article, mainly because of Wikipedia! Within minutes of turning my computer on, I was contacted by a woman whose births I attended a few…

Informed consent – a redundancy?

“Informed consent is a redundancy, because being properly informed is a precondition of consent. Without being properly informed, a patient or client cannot give any legitimate, binding consent. Therefore, it is imperative that all professionals withhold any request for agreement…

How to cancel a labour induction?

“I had an appointment with a consultant last week and was given a date for induction, although I wasn’t really asked whether I wanted it and it was all very fast. There’s no medical reason for inducing me, it’s just…

A duo of thought-provoking articles on risk

A couple of research articles relating to the notion of risk got my attention a few weeks back, and I’d like to share them with you in case you’ve not yet spotted them. Firstly, we have ‘Nocebo and the potential…

Advice for flying when pregnant…

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (RCOG) Patient (sic) Information Committee has recently produced a leaflet offering advice to women who are considering undertaking air travel when pregnant. The leaflet is based upon the RCOG Scientific Impact Paper Air…