Investing in national primary care data is way forward in time of care.dataBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7509 (Published 23 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7509
- Pia Hardelid, research associate1,
- Ruth Gilbert, professor of clinical epidemiology1
- 1UCL Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH, UK
Sheather and Brannan highlight the importance of national primary care data (care.data) for commissioning and research.1 We give an example of how the alternative, collecting new data, may not be a safer option.
We recently completed a study for the Department of Health of chronic conditions in children who die.2 Using death and hospital records, we showed that 70% of children who died aged 1-18 years …