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December 24, 1997

Patient Consent for Publication

Author Affiliations

Arthritis Center of Northeast Ohio Youngstown

JAMA. 1997;278(24):2139. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550240029016

To the Editor.  —Dr Clever's article1 on informed consent raises important issues that are too often overlooked. There is, however, a simple solution that may be reasonable to pursue: Grant the patient coauthorship. After all, authorship is determined by the relative contribution of each participating individual to the study. If the report describes that individual in detail, he or she certainly has made a major contribution to the report. We have taken this approach in the past2,3 and would encourage our colleagues to consider this option.