Born In Scotland Data Trust
Understanding views about uses of health data and future models for data stewardship.
Research stage: Patient/Public Involvement
We are exploring a new model that places participants at the heart of decisions about how data are used in research
Born in Scotland Data Trust
Born in Scotland (BIS) is a research study that will gather information on large number of pregnancies of people living in Scotland - and the babies born from them - during the 2020s. It will use this to answer questions about many different health issues, across pregnancy, birth, and early childhood.
Creating such a valuable resource of data raises questions about how the data should be protected and managed, and who gets a say in the use of the data.
- Video: Born in Scotland Data Trust Video
- Born in Scotland Data Trust Video
The study is working in partnership with the University of Warwick, The Association for Young People’s Health, and the Data Trusts Initiative to understand views around uses of data for health research, and to think about new ways to give research participants, including young people, a voice in decisions about data use in projects like Born in Scotland.
Data is vital for health research, and there are lots of different models that are used to support the ways in which health data like information held by your GP about your blood pressure, ultrasound scans, or samples of salvia or urine, are used in an ethically and legally appropriate way. For example, health research projects may be set up and managed by a public institution like a university or hospital, established as a separate legal entity like a charity or for-profit company, or created by a specific piece of law. You might be asked for your consent to be part of the project only once at the very beginning, or you might like to be asked more often about your preferences as the project continues.
In the Born in Scotland Data Trust project, we want to test how a new, different model for looking after data - called a data trust - could work in practice, using the Born in Scotland as a case study.
How can I get involved?
If you have any questions, please contact Dr Jessica Bell at: firstname.lastname@example.org