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From: Acceptability and perceived barriers and facilitators to creating a national research register to enable ’direct to patient’ enrolment into research: the Scottish Health Research Register (SHARE)

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An example of how a research study enquiry will be processed by the proposed research register. An enquiry will be received and checked by register staff for eligibility. Once eligibility is determined search criteria will be generated and a search will be run on all relevant databases for matching Community Health Index (CHI) numbers. These databases will include the Scottish Morbidity Records (SMR), GP records and laboratory data to name a few. This search will generate a list of research interested patients with eligibility criteria for the study in question. The register staff will check if any of these people have recently been contacted about another study. If available the patient will be contacted and willingness to participate will be explored. If they say no the register will be updated and if they say yes, the researchers will be given the patients contact information and the register will be updated.

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