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Accession Number PB2013-101912
Title Future Uses of the Department of Defense Joint Pathology Center Biorepository.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 200p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract It usually includes patient name, where the specimen originated, surgical number, and diagnosis. A 2008 assessment of the accuracy and completeness of the AFIP databases and analysis of the state of the repository's specimens found that about 75 percent of retrievals of specimens from the Central Collection cases yielded the records that were requested (Asterand, 2008). The assessment concluded that the utility of Central Collection specimens for research purposes depended on the age of the specimen, with the most recently acquired specimens having the fewest aberrations and the largest amount of associated clinical data. The vast majority of wet tissue specimens examined were desiccated and thus of impaired research value. However, tests suggested that at least one pathology research tool (immunohistochemistry analysis) could be successfully used with even the oldest of specimens. The JPC does not have documentation regarding any consent forms signed by patients or research participants whose data or specimens were submitted to the repository (Baker personal communication, 2011). Such consents may have been obtained for the clinical procedures used to excise the specimens at the facilities where the individuals received medical care, but it is highly unlikely that they included notification that the specimens could be sent to a remote repository or later used for education or research purposes. Consents for research use may have been obtained for some materials gathered for the war or cohort registries, but the JPC has no documentation on these.
Keywords Clinical medicine
Data bases
Military medicine
Research facilities

Source Agency National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine
NTIS Subject Category 57E - Clinical Medicine
57O - Pathology
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1308
Contract Number N/A

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