Consenting to health record linkage: evidence from the British Household Panel Study
The British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) is the first study of its kind to have asked for permission to link to a range of administrative health records. Multivariate analysis is applied to investigate whether there is consent bias. We find that consent on the BHPS is not biased with respect to socio-economic characteristics or health; recent users of GP services are underrepresented among consenters. Whilst consent rates are lower than on previous surveys with a more medical focus, the problem of bias is less of an issue.
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- Emanuela Sala & Jonathan Burton & Gundi Knies, 2012. "Correlates of Obtaining Informed Consent to Data Linkage," Sociological Methods & Research, , vol. 41(3), pages 414-439, August.
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