Use of personal records for research purposes

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6974.257d (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:257

Identification numbers help maintain confidentiality

  1. Lindsay Edouard,
  2. Nigel S B Rawson
  1. Associate professor Merck Frosst/MRC professor of pharmacoepidemiology Applied Research, University of Saskatchewan, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon S7N 0W8, Canada

    EDITOR,—We agree with Nicholas Wald and colleagues that access to medical records is needed for research purposes,1 but computerised record linkage does not necessarily entail the identification of people by name. The allocation of a unique identification number to each resident, …

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