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WHO Consultation on Data and Results Sharing During Public Health Emergencies

Goldacre, B., Harrison, S., Mahtani, K., and Heneghan, C. (2015). WHO Consultation on Data and Results Sharing During Public Health Emergencies. Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

The World Health Organization held a meeting to examine data sharing during the recent Ebola outbreak. Participants listed several challenges including: patient confidentiality, balancing rapid information sharing and accurate data, cultural and political issues, and reciprocity (nations concerned that the data they collect and share will be used to create expensive treatments and individuals concerned about sharing data without receiving credit). Participants also listed potential solutions to the challenges.
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