||Legal and Administrative Impediments to the Conduct of Epidemiologic Research.
||Technical Resources, Inc., Bethesda, MD.;Environmental Protecton Agency, Washington, DC.;Public Health Service, Washington, DC.
Medical records ;
Medical research ;
Information processing ;
Heart diseases ;
Lung diseases ;
Environmental health ;
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This report was sponsored in response to concerns expressed in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Annual Reports of the Task Force on Environmental Cancer and Heart and Lung Disease. The Annual Reports recommended that legal impediments to the conduct of both Federal and non-Federal epidemiologic research be studied. To determine whether significant modifications or relaxation of impediments to epidemiologic research have occurred since 1981, an assessment of the current situation was undertaken. Contents: Importance of epidemiologic research to current public health status; Legal and administrative impediments to efficient and cost-effective conduct of epidemiologic research projects; Impact of legal and administrative impediments; Existing information collected on individuals by federal agencies; Importance of record linkage in conducting epidemiologic research; Implementation difficulties; Current activities in linking and improving access to federal information; Quantification of the costs of legal impediments; Proposals to improve the conduct of epidemiologic research.