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Patients to be consulted on whether their records can be used for research

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 02 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5238
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Patients in England are to be asked whether they consent to the use of their electronic medical records for research, after a consultation found that a substantial proportion of the public expect explicit consent to be sought for the use of any records that identify them.

    The Department of Health plans to set up pilot schemes in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Birmingham, and Nottingham to explore means of informing patients about the possible use of their records for research and to allow them to opt out.

    The department said it expected to settle on a mechanism for doing this by …

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