Communication & Medicine, Vol 11, No 2 (2014)

Data sharing for public health research: A qualitative study of industry and academia

Pamela Anne Saunders, Erin E. Wilhelm, Sinae Lee, Elizabeth Merkhofer, Ira Shoulson
Issued Date: 17 Aug 2015


Data sharing is a key biomedical research theme for the 21st century. Biomedical data sharing is the exchange of data among (non)affiliated parties under mutually agreeable terms to promote scientific advancement and the development of safe and effective medical products. Wide sharing of research data is important for scientific discovery, medical product development, and public health. Data sharing enables improvements in development of medical products, more attention to rare diseases, and cost-efficiencies in biomedical research. We interviewed 11 participants about their attitudes and beliefs about data sharing. Using a qualitative, thematic analysis approach, our analysis revealed a number of themes including: experiences, approaches, perceived challenges, and opportunities for sharing data.

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DOI: 10.1558/cam.v11i2.18310


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