Data Medicine: ‘Broad’ or ‘Dynamic’ Consent?

Data Medicine: ‘Broad’ or ‘Dynamic’ Consent?
Journal Article
Henri-Corto Stoeklé, Elisabeth Hulier-Ammar, Christian Hervé
Public Health Ethics, 2 September 2022
The General Data Protection Regulation imposes, at European level, a need to seek express or explicit consent for the processing of health data. In the framework of biomedical research, some favor the use of express ‘broad’ consent, whereas other maintain, or wish to maintain the use of presumed or implicit consent, often referred to as ‘non-opposition’ in conditions in which such consent is still authorized. In our view, broad consent and presumed consent are likely to prove to be easy solutions in the short term but much less relevant in the long term, for both hospital and patients, if the bioethical objective remains the improvement of patient quality of life and/or survival, regardless of the disease considered. Dynamic consent could be the best way to achieve this objective because only this type of consent could improve hospital transparency and increase patient confidence by allaying certain fears.

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