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How Your Medical Records, Leftover Blood or Tissue Can Help Researchers

The information contained in your electronic medical record is a powerful tool for research. For example, it helps doctors conduct studies on large number of patients over long periods of time and helps them identify patients who may be eligible for research studies. This translates into improved medical treatments for everyone.

Your leftover blood or tissue is another way for researchers to learn about diseases. When you have a medical test or procedure, your doctor only takes the amount needed for this purpose, but there may be some leftover tissue. By studying your leftover blood or tissue, researchers can obtain valuable information. It can help them find out how different diseases start and progress over time. It can also help researchers develop new tests or drugs or learn more about diseases that are passed on in families.

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How This Type of Research Affects You

For research involving your medical records, leftover blood or tissue, or genetic testing, all of the samples and information collected do not disturb or change your care in any way. The physical or medical risk to you is minimal. You receive no direct benefit from this research, but your participation may benefit patients like you and contribute to advances in medical care and treatment.