Following participation in the study, interviews took place with 27 GPs, 26 of whom expressed strong support for the use of patients’ electronic records to support clinical trial.
Ten patients were also interviewed who all agreed that discussion of their involvement in the trial as part of a routine health appointment was a wholly acceptable practice. Future studies regarding the use of electronic records in clinical trials will be delivered as part of the Farr Institute of Health Informatics. A national organisation that encompasses four centres of excellence in the field of eHealth research with Centres based in the North of England, East of England and Wales, Scotland and London.
The Farr Institute exists to understand how – within the highest ethical standards – patients’ health information can be used to improve public health services.
The study was done in collaboration with researchers from the London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicineand the Universities of York, Liverpool and Brighton and Kings’ College; it was funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the Wellcome Trust.
Full bibliographic information
“The opportunities and challenges of pragmatic point-of-care randomised trials using routinely collected electronic records: evaluations of two exemplar trials”, van Staa T-P, Dyson L, McCann G, Padmanabhan S, Belatri R, Goldacre B, Cassell J, Pirmohamed M, Torgerson D, Ronaldson S, Adamson J, Taweel A, Delaney B, Mahmood S, Baracaia S, Round T, Fox R, Hunter T, Gulliford M, Smeeth L
Journal: Health Technology Assessment; Year: 2014, Volume: 18 Issue: 43
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The paper entitled: “The opportunities and challenges of pragmatic point-of-care randomised trials using routinely collected electronic records: evaluations of two exemplar trials” is published in the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) journal on 11 July.
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