Clinical and research databases in healthcare research
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Clinical and research databases in healthcare research

Jill Firth Smith and Nephew Foundation post doctoral research fellow, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, UK
Naomi Reay Doctoral student, School of Healthcare/School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UK

How reliable are databases as a source of potential participants for research? Jill Firth and Naomi Reay suggest that caution is required

This paper reports on the experiences of two nurse researchers sampling from clinical and research databases for the purpose of research. The authors focus on their practical experiences of using databases to identify potential participants for research, and explore the implications for conduct of research and potential impact on response rates and analysis of non-response bias. The Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Department of Health (DH) 2006) and its implications for the creation and maintenance of records, including databases, are covered comprehensively in another article by Reay and Firth (2008).

Nurse Researcher. 15, 4, 27-34. doi: 10.7748/nr2008.

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