Letters Access to anonymised patient data

Delayed access to clinical audit data has risks for patient care

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5812 (Published 03 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5812
  1. Kevin Stewart, clinical director1,
  2. Rhona Buckingham, operations director1,
  3. Finbarr Martin, senior clinical lead, falls and fragility fracture audit programme1
  1. 1Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit, Royal College of Physicians, London NW1 4LE, UK
  1. Kevin.stewart{at}rcplondon.ac.uk

Researchers are not the only group to experience constraints with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HCSIC). Many of those who lead national clinical audits and databases have had the same experiences as Filippon when trying to access anonymised data.1 Despite the best efforts of some within the HSCIC, delays, duplication, and increasing complexity of the process are common.

This is unfortunately more …

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