Safeguards in research are needed to protect patients' privacy, says reportBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7375.1260/d (Published 30 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1260
- Jocalyn Clark
Safeguards to protect patient information need to be built in to the use of secondary data in health research, but asking everyone whether it is acceptable for their information to be used in research that involves large databases is impractical.
That is the finding of a report, written by US policy consultant Dr William Lowrance and published by the Nuffield Trust, that seeks to provide guidance on using medical data for research purposes—the subject of a contentious debate.
Advocates claim that it is in the best interests of the public that personal data are collected and monitored. …