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Information In Practice

Effect of electronic health records in ambulatory care: retrospective, serial, cross sectional study

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:581

Rapid Response:

Re: Overlooked--'Would Ethical Approval be required for this study in UK?

Not only were issues of privacy and consent neglected but the views of those being 'studied' are strangely completely absent.What were the quality measures used? Would individuals whose data was used, seemingly without their knowledge or consent, agree with them? Why no feedback regarding service users satisfaction - an opportunity to gain their perspective was missed.

Competing interests: None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 March 2005
susanne mccabe
cf24 3pf