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Finding and using routine clinical datasets for observational research and quality improvement

Published on: 26th February 2018

Published in 2018

Pub Med ID: 29472226

Lucy McDonnell, Brendan C Delaney and Frank Sullivan


Primary care in the UK generates an extraordinary amount of data. There are more than 300 million consultations annually, creating unrivalled opportunities for research. The volume of patients that consult primary care practitioners daily, the variety of clinical conditions, the diversity of populations, and the transfer from hand-written records to comprehensive electronic medical systems have heralded a new era in primary care research. Furthermore, the linkage of primary and secondary care data systems creates opportunities for prospective and retrospective studies and epidemiological insights into population health.

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