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Medical research

General information

Our mission is to achieve a healthy population and to pursue excellence in healthcare though research and teaching. We wish to be a leader in innovative healthcare. Our patients can benefit from medical research, which enables us to expand our expertise and develop new treatments.

You (or your child) may be asked to take part in a study. Your physician is required to give you detailed information about the study, including about the possible consequences and whether any health risks are involved. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part in the study. You have the right to refuse to participate at any point (even if the study has already started) without giving any reasons. This will not affect your further treatment in any way.

See the  central government website for further information (Dutch only)

Medical research using data from your records

We may wish to undertake a study using data obtained during the course of your treatment. Such a need generally arises after your course of treatment has been completed, and may be the result of new scientific discoveries or experiences elsewhere.In the interests of these studies, we may supply the researchers with information about your treatment and perhaps even give them access to your medical records. In principle, this is done only with your consent. Your data may be used without your consent only if it is beyond our reasonable means to obtain your consent. In such an event, your privacy will be protected and your personal data will be stored under an anonymous code number. Researchers are bound by a strict duty of confidentiality.

You can always object to the use of your medical data, more information and the objection form can be found at Residual Tissue for medical research.

Using your data for medical research in the fight against coronavirus

Physicians and researchers at Erasmus MC are working hard to gain a better understanding of coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. In addition to our own research, we also work together with institutions and organizations outside the Netherlands and Europe. 

Read more on this on our frequently asked questions page about corona (see item Information for patients carrying the coronavirus, 4th header)

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