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BMA annual representative meeting: Debate needed on balance between patient confidentiality and needs of research

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7457.72-h (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:72
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    A proposal for a wider debate on the balance between the need for personal health information to be confidential and the need to do research was carried as a “reference” to the council (for the council to consider and develop at a later date).

    Professor Peter Dangerfield, representing the Liverpool division, emphasised the importance of confidentiality but also pointed out that researchers often need to collect data. He said that a person's health information was private to the patient and should not be …

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