We Need to Think About Data Governance for Dementia Research in a Digital Era

Alzheimers Res Ther. 2020 Jan 31;12(1):17. doi: 10.1186/s13195-020-0584-y.


Background: Research into Alzheimer's disease and other dementias increasingly involves large-scale data-sharing initiatives. The development of novel digital tools and assessments is likely to increase the need for these. This presents ethics and governance challenges to ensure the use of these data is able to maximise the benefit to patients and the public.

Discussion: We consider the challenges associated with informed consent and governance in the context of dementia research. We set out the potential of novel data governance approaches for the future of data sharing for dementia. The data trust model proposed in discussions of data governance may have potentially valuable application for dementia research. Such inclusive approaches to trustworthy data governance should be considered as data-sharing initiatives are established and develop.

Keywords: Data governance; Data sharing; Data trust; Dementia; Digital health; Ethics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't