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[Correspondence] Data donation after death

Sheila Bird (May 9, p 1830)1 recently pointed out how late registration of death in England and Wales seriously disabled statistical and epidemiological studies. Another serious obstacle to essential observational research is the accessibility of precious medical data after a person’s death. To prevent waste of medical research data, we suggest that all citizens should be encouraged to donate data after death just as people donate organs posthumously, as was previously suggested in relation to brain researchers’ personal data.