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Editor's Choice

Building on good data foundations

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 12 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6065
  1. Theodora Bloom, executive editor
  1. 1The BMJ
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“Healthcare generates a vast rainforest of data that could be used more widely for research if barriers to access could be overcome,” say Ruth Gilbert and colleagues in an Editorial (doi:10.1136/bmj.h5897). The barriers include the cost of access and cumbersome application processes. And where are the incentives to provide data for research? Could we quantify the lost opportunities of research not done and do more to encourage data providers to list who has accessed their data and to what end?

Large scale imaging studies are now recruiting hundreds of thousands of volunteers, and we can expect thousands of incidental findings to crop up, say J M Wardlaw …

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