Letters Patient confidentiality

Investing in national primary care data is way forward in time of care.data

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7509 (Published 23 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7509
  1. Pia Hardelid, research associate1,
  2. Ruth Gilbert, professor of clinical epidemiology1
  1. 1UCL Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH, UK
  1. p.hardelid{at}ucl.ac.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 …

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