Use of Personal Medical Records for Research Purposes
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1994 Nov 26; 309(6966): 1422-1424.
The established practice of doctors using medical records for research purposes is threatened by the recent proposed guidelines from the Department of Health, the BMA, and the European Commission. The European Commisssion has proposed that explicit consent should be obtained from each patient before his or her medical records can be used; the proposals from the Department of Health and the BMA would require all research that needs access to personal medical records to be submitted to an ethics committee. We believe that these proposals would seriously impair an entire category of research and suggest therefore that another set of guidelines, proposed by a Royal College of Physicians' working group, should be used to modify the proposals. The guidelines of the working group encourage the use of medical records for research and ensure that such use can be made in a confidential manner without causing harm.
Biomedical Research; Confidentiality; Consent; Disclosure; Doctors; Epidemiology; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Guidelines; Harm; Health; Human Experimentation; Informed Consent; International Aspects; Medical Records; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Patients; Physicians; Presumed Consent; Public Policy; Records; Research; Research Ethics; Research Ethics Committees;
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