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How Clinical Data Research Networks Are Useful to Social Science Research

How Clinical Data Research Networks Are Useful to Social Science Research

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

photo of blood pressure being takenIn the research universe, medical and non-medical disciplines often use similar data. Within social science, demographers use electronic medical record data to investigate areas like disease transmission and trends in aging. Meanwhile, clinical researchers can benefit from the input of social scientists in their clinical survey design.

For researchers, Clinical Data Research Networks (CDRNs) can provide a wealth of data and an opportunity to collaborate. These networks gather data from health care organizations that have agreed to make their clinical data available for research purposes. They enable the sharing of de-identified data and with appropriate authorizations can provide more detailed data sets to researchers.

These networks allow researchers who use them to generalize findings across large patient/stakeholder populations and participation in CDRNs positions Duke to participate in major NIH studies like the Precision Medicine Initiative.

Researchers can use data from these networks for feasibility queries as well as observational and interventional studies.

For the latest information about CRDNs, join us on Friday, April 21, in Gross Hall Room 230E. The information session will start at 11:15 a.m.

To learn more about how these networks can be useful to social science research, RSVP here.


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