Nearly four out of five people are willing to allow their anonymised medical records to be used in a medical research studies. This willingness doesn’t change by age, gender or whether an individual is employed in a scientific or medical field.
Much less is known about whether this willingness is lower or higher in migrants.
Understanding how migrants feel about the use of medical records for research is particularly important right now as it was recently reported that the Department of Health signed an agreement with the Home Office for details such as addresses, dates of birth, and GP details to be shared for tracing immigration offenders and vulnerable people who may be at risk.
Dr Rob Aldridge is running this scoping workshop in order to explore these issues further with migrants before starting a research programme in this area.
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