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NCHS staff manual on confidentiality
  • Published Date:
    2004
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  • Alternative Title:
    National Center for Health Statistics staff manual on confidentiality
  • Description:
    "The NCHS Staff Manual on Confidentiality was originally published in July 1978 and reprinted in April 1980 and in August 1997. It was reissued in earlier years mainly to inform staff of changes in laws and regulations. In view of the many changes in technologies related to data handling and dissemination that have taken place in recent years, new procedures and policies have been developed requiring an extensive revision of the Manual. The confidentiality of records is a matter of primary concern to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In order to elicit health information from the American people and from the health care providers through our surveys, we must be able to assure them that this information will be protected from the eyes and ears of all unauthorized persons. This means that we must have strong laws enabling us to protect these records, and that we must establish and follow procedures to give them such protection. This Manual states the Center's policies that implement Federal law and ensure that all confidential information will be fully protected. It should be viewed in unison with the NCHS data release policies addressing access to data and NCHS Research Ethics Review Board Requirements. The NCHS Director retains the authority to allow exceptions to policies contained in this manual where there are unique or special circumstances." - p. [ii]
  • Content Notes:
    Mode of access: Internet from CDC web site. Address as of 7/17/06: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/misc/staffmanual2004.pdf; current access available via PURL.
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