|Appears in Collections:||Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||Record-linkage for pharmacovigilance in Scotland|
MacDonald, Thomas M
|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.|
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|Affiliation:||HS Research - Stirling|
Ninewells Hospital & Medical School
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