Medical research using governments' health claims databases: with or without patients' consent?

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serval:BIB_114698AEFC79
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Medical research using governments' health claims databases: with or without patients' consent?
Journal
Journal of public health
Author(s)
Tsai F.J., Junod V.
ISSN
1741-3850 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
1741-3842
Publication state
Published
Issued date
01/12/2018
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
40
Number
4
Pages
871-877
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
Taking advantage of its single-payer, universal insurance system, Taiwan has leveraged its exhaustive database of health claims data for research purposes. Researchers can apply to receive access to pseudonymized (coded) medical data about insured patients, notably their diagnoses, health status and treatments. In view of the strict safeguards implemented, the Taiwanese government considers that this research use does not require patients' consent (either in the form of an opt-in or in the form of an opt-out). A group of non-governmental organizations has challenged this view in the Taiwanese Courts, but to no avail. The present article reviews the arguments both against and in favor of patients' consent for re-use of their data in research. It concludes that offering patients an opt-out would be appropriate as it would best balance the important interests at issue.
Keywords
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, General Medicine
Pubmed
Web of science
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08/03/2018 13:52
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20/08/2019 12:38
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