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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

NCRI Informatics publishes catalogue of clinical databases

DoCDat, a UK catalogue of clinical databases, has been given new life by the National Cancer Research Institute Informatics Initiative (NCRI INI).

DoCDat is a seminal catalogue of clinical databases in the UK from which the NCRI INI have selected the seventy databases containing data on cancer cases to publish through their Resource Catalogue.

Created and launched by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2001, one of the aims of the initiative was to help realise the potential of clinical datasets to support evaluative research by providing independent evidence as to the uses and limitations of each resource in the directory.

The catalogue provides information about security and confidentiality, the data collection questionnaire used by each database, outputs from the database, and information about the management of the database.

The full version of the DoCDat resource is still available through the NHS Information Centre here.

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