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Title:Consenting to health record linkage: Evidence from the British household panel study PDF Logo
Authors:Knies, Gundi
Sala, Emanuela
Burton, Jonathan
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2011-27
Abstract:The British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) is the first study of its kind to have asked for permission to link to a range of administrative health records. Multivariate analysis is applied to investigate whether there is consent bias. We find that consent on the BHPS is not biased with respect to socio-economic characteristics or health; recent users of GP services are underrepresented among consenters. Whilst consent rates are lower than on previous surveys with a more medical focus, the problem of bias is less of an issue.
Subjects:data linkage
consent
BHPS
selection bias
health inequality
JEL:I19
C83
Z00
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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