Revitalizing the General Practice Research Database: plans, challenges, and opportunities

Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. Aug-Sep 2001;10(5):379-83. doi: 10.1002/pds.608.


The General Practice Research Database (GPRD) is the world's largest computerized database of anonymized longitudinal patient records from general practice and is a unique public health research tool. Several issues have threatened the viability of the database in recent years; in April 1999 responsibility for its management and financial control was transferred to the UK Medicines Control Agency (MCA). This presentation outlines the MCA's plans and future vision for the GPRD.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection / methods
  • Databases as Topic / standards*
  • Family Practice / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Services Research / standards
  • Health Services Research / trends
  • Humans
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / methods
  • Internet
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / standards*
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / trends
  • Public Health Practice / standards
  • United Kingdom