Using patient-identifiable data for observational research and audit

Al-Shahi, Rustam; Warlow, Charles
October 2000
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);10/28/2000, Vol. 321 Issue 7268, p1031
Academic Journal
Editorial. Discusses the risks involved in the efforts of Great Britain's General Medical Council (GMC) to update its policies on confidentiality and the use of patient information. Impact of population screening and patient registries on advances in medical research; How patient consent may foster systematic bias and invalidate observational study findings; Drawbacks of the adoption of a requirement for the anonymization of patient data; Outlook for the revision of British data protection law.


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