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Letters Sharing medical record data

A dynamic model of patient consent to sharing of medical record data

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 05 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1294
  1. William G Dixon, Medical Research Council clinician scientist1,
  2. Karen Spencer, research associate1,
  3. Hawys Williams, honorary research associate1,
  4. Caroline Sanders, senior lecturer in medical sociology2,
  5. David Lund, head, research and development3,
  6. Edgar A Whitley, reader in information systems4,
  7. Jane Kaye, director5
  1. 1Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT, UK
  2. 2Centre for Primary Care, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  3. 3HW Communications, Lancaster, UK
  4. 4London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK
  5. 5HeLEX—Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. will.dixon{at}

The Health and Social Care Information Centre recently began its leaflet campaign “better information means better healthcare” to inform patients about how it will share health records to improve the quality of care and health services for all.1 As Sheather and Brannan predicted,2 this has sparked much debate. Although recent surveys have indicated four in five patients are in favour of …

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