Opportunities and challenges when using record linkage of routinely collected electronic health care data to evaluate outcomes of systemic anti-cancer treatment in clinical practice

Mueller, T. et al. (2022) Opportunities and challenges when using record linkage of routinely collected electronic health care data to evaluate outcomes of systemic anti-cancer treatment in clinical practice. Health Informatics Journal, 28(1), p. 14604582221077055. (doi: 10.1177/14604582221077055) (PMID:35195024)

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Abstract

The efficacy and safety of cancer medicines as reported from randomised clinical trials do not always translate into similar benefits in routine clinical practice; hence, post-marketing studies are a useful addition to the evidence base. With recent advances in digital infrastructure and the advent of electronically available health records, linkage of routinely collected data has emerged as a promising evaluation method for these studies. This paper discusses the opportunities and challenges when applying an electronic record linkage methodology with respect to systemic anti-cancer therapy by showcasing exemplar studies conducted over a three-year period in Scotland, and highlights some of the potential pitfalls spanning the entire breadth and depth of the research process. Our experiences as an interdisciplinary team indicate that there is scope to conduct large cohort studies to generate results from routine clinical practice within a reasonable time frame; however, close collaboration between researchers, data controllers and clinicians is required in order to obtain valid and meaningful results.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Graham, Dr Kathryn and Graham, Dr Janet and Morrison, Dr David and Jones, Professor Robert
Authors: Mueller, T., Laskey, J., Baillie, K., Clarke, J., Crearie, C., Kavanagh, K., Graham, J., Graham, K., Waterson, A., Jones, R., Kurdi, A., Morrison, D., and Bennie, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Health Informatics Journal
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1460-4582
ISSN (Online):1741-2811
Published Online:23 February 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Author(s) 2022
First Published:First published in Health Informatics Journal 28(1):14604582221077055
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence

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