Migrants to the UK: When Is It Acceptable to Use Your Medical Records for Research?

Published on: 21st April 2017

27 April 2017
10.00 - 12.30pm


University College London

Dr Rob Aldridge from UCL’s Institute of Health Informatics is looking for migrants who have arrived in the UK within the last five years to take part in a workshop on 27 April 2017 from 10.00-12.00. This scoping workshop aims to understand migrants’ willingness to allow their medical records to be used for research. The workshop will also explore migrants’ medical research priorities.

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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