Should the Use of Patient Medical Information in Research Require the Approval of Attending Physicians?

Eisuke Nakazawa, Shoichi Maeda, Makoto Udagawa, Akira Akabayashi

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Retrospective observational studies using medical records require researchers to guarantee the right to opt out of the study. However, is it also necessary to confirm whether the medical professionals who created those medical records permit their use as well? In this article, we consider possible options based on a fictitious scenario. Based on our deliberations, we recommend that the information be disclosed on the hospital’s homepage or in leaflets (principal investigator: hospital director), and, similar to patients, attending physicians should be given the opportunity to opt out. We also recommend that an application be submitted to the hospital’s research ethics committee. In this paper, we address the public interest aspect of the use of patient information as a primary item for ethical scrutiny. In addition to research ethics, this particular point underscores the importance of public health ethics, particularly as they pertain to the conflict between individual freedom and public interest.

Original languageEnglish
Article number27
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Sept


  • attending physician
  • authorship
  • informed consent
  • medical records
  • publication ethics
  • retrospective study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Communication
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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