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Abstract

This report stems from the concern of the Panel for Social Medicine and Epidemiology and of the CEC for protecting the confidentiality of medical information and securing the needs of medical research and development. It is the result of years of discussions and exchanges with doctors, research workers and officials; it develops some of the arguments put forward by the European Parliament; it illustrates the types of difficulties encountered in Member States due to conflicting laws or conflicting codes of practice; and it proposes general guidelines which might serve as a basis for future practice. In three parts, the report provides, first: a general analysis of the problem of medical confidentiality (operational and ethical backgrounds; exceptions to rules and rules for exceptions; ethical foundations; regulatory mechanisms; basic operational questions), then: a discussion of particular problems in different countries, and lastly: an international synthesis.

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Authors: KNOX E G HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH CENTRE, THE MEDICAL SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM (UK), HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH CENTRE, THE MEDICAL SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 9471 EN (1984) MF, 183 P., BFR 240, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 915, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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