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Better access to personal data is urgently needed to improve health for all

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 19 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:140
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Restricted access, confusing regulations, and stifling bureaucracy surrounding the use of personal medical data have hindered advances in public health care, says a report. Urgent reform is needed to allow researchers access to data that can help identify the cause of disease, the impact of treatment, and ways of improving health services.

    The report, which has been produced by the independent Academy of Medical Sciences and partly funded by Cancer Research …

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