Patient confidentiality, clinical data and NHS research – a researcher’s guide
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Patient confidentiality, clinical data and NHS research – a researcher’s guide

Tony Soteriou Director of Research, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, and Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England, UK
Gill Hek Reader in Nursing Research, University of the West of England, UK
Selena Gray Director, Centre for Research in Applied Social Care and Health, University of the West of England, UK

More stringent research governance in the NHS has led to an increased focus on the importance of patient confidentiality. But relatively low levels of knowledge of the Data Protection Act and common law duty of confidentiality among some researchers and research managers cause difficulties in getting research projects off the ground. The authors outline the main issues surrounding research, data protection and patient confidentiality, and provide guidance for researchers, clinicians and managers on how to conduct research appropriately

Nurse Researcher. 13, 2, 19-26. doi: 10.7748/nr.13.2.19.s4

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