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Patient data citation :
"This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support"

The patient data citation was conceived and developed by the patients and carers in the use MY data patient movement. It has been widely adopted by data and research organisations, and recommended for adoption by the major research funders in the UK.

The citation has been mandated, adopted or used by:

Background to the development of the Data Citation

In 2015 use MY data proposed the inclusion of a citation on all publications using patient data, to state that the data used within the publication comes from patients.

The citation would be a recognition of some of the benefits of using patient data, and would acknowledge the patient contribution as well as highlighting how the data has been used.

The proposal was initially discussed with use MY data members, then at a joint workshop with patients and cancer researchers at the annual conference of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) and was also discussed as a principle at a joint workshop at the All Party Parliamentary Group event, Britain Against Cancer.

Consultation Process

use MY data hosted a public consultation in 2016, via its website, to choose a citation from a list of five options that were suggested by patient advocates. After a period of voting, the most popular choice was:

This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support.

The voting breakdown is shown in the graphic below.




Following the conclusion of the voting, we wrote to some of the large organisations that use cancer patient data and requested that the citation be used, reflecting the wishes of use MY data members and the public. The UK and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries responded in early 2017 following a meeting of the Association, indicating that they would be pleased to adopt the citation across their work, from March 2017.

In June 2017, large numbers of presentations and analyses at the Public Health England (PHE) Cancer Data and Outcomes Conference included the data citation for a large, mixed audience for the first time, with very positive feedback.

The Public Health England (PHE) Office for Data Release were also asked whether they would consider making it a condition that all academic outputs using PHE data should adopt the citation wording. In July 2017 they indicated that they intended to implement this for all contracts raised from July 2017 onwards.

In 2018 Understanding Patient data, based at the Wellcome, featured a guest blog from use MY data, and adopted and recommended the use of the data citation.