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Public has fewer worries about sharing health information than other personal data

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4753 (Published 25 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4753
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

Members of the public tend to feel more positive about the collection and use of personal health information than they do about other forms of personal data, a research study by the medical charity the Wellcome Trust has found.1

The study, which took place between April and May this year, investigated people’s concerns about the use of personal data through a series of focus groups and one to one phone interviews. A total of 50 people were involved.

The researchers found widespread anxieties about the potential abuse of …

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