… and concludes that it is not a good idea. The article, which cites this blog, is here. It looks like sensible research on gifts from patients has not been done since the 1980s. The ethics of accepting gifts are well rehearsed and there are clear guidelines. An understanding of why gifts are offered, however, is lacking. There is much speculation about cultural reasons, or potential bribery, but getting the heart of the supererogatory actions that inspire acts of gratitude would help to inform policies on these issues, and also give us an insight into what patients think about the issue.