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Comment & Response
May 7, 2014

Discharges Against Medical Advice

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  • 1Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2014;311(17):1807-1808. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1754

To the Editor In their Viewpoint about discharges against medical advice, Drs Alfandre and Schumann1 asked, “Why would you discharge a patient against medical advice?” Until this question is answered, they argued, “continued use of the practice does not seem justified.” We believe the authors conflated 3 different scenarios, a clarification of which may help to answer their question.

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