The national data opt-out is based on a single question that covers all uses of data beyond individual care. Individuals are provided with information about the national data opt-out to enable them to make an informed decision and are required to verify their identity prior to being presented with the opt-out question:
Your confidential patient information can be used for improving health, care and services, including:
- planning to improve health and care services
- research to find a cure for serious illnesses
Your decision will not affect your individual care and you can change your mind anytime you like.
I allow my confidential patient information to be used for research and planning
This question was developed and tested with the public to ensure that they understood the choice being made.