Clinical Practice Research

Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) & The Health Improvement Network (THIN)

This Practice contributes to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) & The Health Improvement Network (THIN).  Information in patient records is important for medical research to develop new treatments and test the safety of medicines.  This Practice supports medical research by sending some of the information from patient records to  CPRD & THIN.

CPRD is a Government organisation that provides anonymised patient data for research to improve patient and public health.  You cannot be identified from the information sent to CPRD.  

THIN anonymised data collection will ultimately be used mainly to carry out
studies including scientific, statistical studies. These studies can be carried out either directly by THIN or by third-party companies or entities to whom the data are transmitted in an anonymised form. These studies are mainly intended for the
pharmaceutical sector, the medical and academic world as well as research centres.

If you do not want anonymised information from your patient record to be used in research you can opt out by speaking to a receptionist.

For more information about how your data is used visit or see the attached Thin Poster for patient information

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