Epidemiology project seeks research input
The Rochester Epidemiology Project has mailed surveys to 3,000 Olmsted County residents seeking input on research and medical records use.
The survey asks:
• if you think your medical records should be used to help improve community health,
• if you have ever previously given permission for your medical records to be used for medical research,
• and whether you think researchers should ask your permission each time they undertake a new study (after you've already given permission once).
The Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP) is a collaboration of area health providers, including Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center. It's one of the largest population-based study groups available because most local residents have given permission for researchers to study data from their records.
The REP asks for a survey reply by Sept. 9. Live in Olmsted County but didn't get a survey? Call bioethics research at (507) 538-6502.