[Biobanks and the return of results to donors]
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 158, 5, (2014), pp. A6653
Article / Letter to editor
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectRadboudumc 0: Other Research RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 18: Healthcare improvement science RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Biobanks should return clinically significant and actionable research findings to donors who have given physical material to the biobank. Because the clinical significance of a research finding is hard to determine for the individual donor, a procedure to decide on clinical significance should be incorporated into a structure for the actual feedback of research results. Most published studies show that donors expect return of individual research results, but there is almost no experience with it. Explorative questionnaire-based research among Dutch biobanks from the BioBanking Medical Research Infrastructure (BBMRI.NL) shows that a substantial group of biobanks can return individual research findings from data analysis. On the basis of these experiences a return of results policy may be drafted that answers to the interests of donors and the possibilities of biobanks.
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