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  1. Covert Video Surveillance and the Principle of Double Effect: A Response to Criticism.E. A. Shinebourne - 1996 - Journal of Medical Ethics 22 (1):26-31.
    In some young children brought by their parents for diagnosis of acute life-threatening events investigations suggested imposed apnoea as the cause rather than spontaneous occurrence. Covert video surveillance of the cot in which the baby was monitored allowed confirmation or rebuttal of this diagnosis. That parents were not informed of the video recording was essential for diagnosis and we assert ethically justifiable as the child was the patient to whom a predominant duty of care was owed. The procedure also avoids (...)
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  • Covert Video Surveillance--An Assessment of the Staffordshire Protocol.T. Thomas - 1996 - Journal of Medical Ethics 22 (1):22-25.
    An assessment of a protocol devised to guide practitioners thinking of using covert video surveillance. Such surveillance is particularly used to help identify cases of Munchausen's syndrome by proxy. The protocol in question has been written by staff at the Academic Department of Paediatrics, North Staffordshire Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent in association with their local Area Child Protection Committee and has been commended by the Department of Health to others wishing to implement covert video surveillance.
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