Record-linkage for pharmacovigilance in Scotland

Josie M.M. Evans, Thomas M. MacDonald

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    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 pharmacovigilancc, 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105-110
    Number of pages6
    JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
    Volume47
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1999

    Keywords

    • MEMO
    • Pharmacovigilance
    • Record-linkage

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