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Record-linkage for pharmacovigilance in Scotland

Citation
Evans J & MacDonald TM (1999) Record-linkage for pharmacovigilance in Scotland, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 47 (1), pp. 105-110.

Abstract

Record-linkage is the linkage of patient-specific information that is stored separately. Recent advances in computerization have meant that record-linkage techniques in medical research are increasingly being used and refined. In particular, they have made a significant contribution to pharmacovigilance, which involves linking drug exposure to outcomes data. In this article, the contribution of record-linkage in Scotland to medical research is described. The two organizations that utilize record-linkage techniques are the Medicines Monitoring Unit (MEMO) of the University of Dundee and the Information and Statistics Division (ISD) of the NHS in Scotland. Pharmacovigilance is MEMO's main concern (using data from the Tayside region of Scotland), while ISD link health care datasets for Scotland for general health care research. The experience of the two groups is now being combined to carry out drug safety studies in the entire population of Scotland.

Keywords
MEMO; Pharmacovigilance; Record-linkage

StatusPublished
AuthorsEvans Josie, MacDonald Thomas M
Publication date01/1999
Publication date online24/12/2001
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN 0306-5251
LanguageEnglish

Journal
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology: Volume 47, Issue 1 (01/1999)

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