Cancer Institute A national cancer institute
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Michael Link

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  • The Impact of the Privacy Rule on Cancer Research: Variations in Attitudes and Application of Regulatory Standards JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY Goss, E., Link, M. P., Bruinooge, S. S., Lawrence, T. S., Tepper, J. E., Runowicz, C. D., Schilsky, R. L. 2009; 27 (24): 4014-4020


    The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Cancer Research Committee designed a qualitative research project to assess the attitudes of cancer researchers and compliance officials regarding compliance with the US Privacy Rule and to identify potential strategies for eliminating perceived or real barriers to achieving compliance.A team of three interviewers asked 27 individuals (13 investigators and 14 compliance officials) from 13 institutions to describe the anticipated approach of their institutions to Privacy Rule compliance in three hypothetical research studies.The interviews revealed that although researchers and compliance officials share the view that patients' cancer diagnoses should enjoy a high level of privacy protection, there are significant tensions between the two groups related to the proper standards for compliance necessary to protect patients. The disagreements are seen most clearly with regard to the appropriate definition of a "future research use" of protected health information in biospecimen and data repositories and the standards for a waiver of authorization for disclosure and use of such data.ASCO believes that disagreements related to compliance and the resulting delays in certain projects and abandonment of others might be eased by additional institutional training programs and consultation on Privacy Rule issues during study design. ASCO also proposes the development of best practices documents to guide 1) creation of data repositories, 2) disclosure and use of data from such repositories, and 3) the design of survivorship and genetics studies.

    View details for DOI 10.1200/JCO.2009.22.3289

    View details for Web of Science ID 000269064300024

    View details for PubMedID 19620480

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