NSHD Data Sharing
The LHA is committed to the core principles
of the MRC with regard to
data sharing. The LHA actively encourages the sharing of NSHD
data with bona fide scientists for high quality research projects,
to ensure that the scientific potential of the NSHD is maximised.
Data sharing must be within the bounds of consent given previously
by study members and meet rigorous MRC data security standards.
All proposals to use NSHD data must support and adhere to the
core principles of data sharing with the MRC, namely:
- Ethical: The privacy of
individuals and the dignity of communities must be protected, while
simultaneously respecting the imperative to improve public health
through the most productive use of data.
- Equitable: All proposals
should recognise and balance the needs of researchers who generate
and use data, other analysts who may want to reuse those data, and
communities and funders who expect health benefits to arise from
- Efficient: Approaches
should be proportionate and build on existing practice and reduce
unnecessary duplication and competition.
The meta-data repository holds electronic versions of all the
NSHD questionnaires and topic level guides to the information
collected. The repository is accessible to bone fide researchers
who may wish to use the NSHD for research purposes. Potential and
existing users can use the repository to explore the NSHD meta-data
(descriptions of the data) to enable them to formulate proposals
for using variables from the NSHD.
Researchers wishing to access the meta-data repository or
undertake a research project using NSHD data should contact
for further information.
Researchers who already have login details for the repository
can enter the site via the NSHD data archive
Data sharing is dependent on the project being approved by the NSHD
Data Sharing Committee, a data sharing agreement being in place
between the UCL and the academic institution that employs the
researcher, and LHA resources being available to meet the requests
for data sharing.