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Cancer Control and Population Sciences

SEER-Medicare: Institutional Review Board Approval

Most investigators requesting the SEER-Medicare data will have obtained approval from their organization's Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to receiving the data. For the minority of researchers requesting the SEER-Medicare data who have not obtained IRB approval, NCI does not require such approval as the SEER-Medicare data have been stripped of all personal identifiers. Concerns and regulations related to patient privacy using secondary data are changing with some frequency and NCI's requirements about IRB review prior to obtaining the SEER-Medicare data may be subject to change without notice. However, NCI will update this website to keep investigators informed of any changes that do occur that alter the process for obtaining SEER-Medicare data.

Last modified:
28 Apr 2006
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