Science Translational Medicine
18 July 2012 vol 4, issue 143
Reporting Actionable Research Results: Shared Secrets Can Save Lives
Lawrence E. Hunter, Christian Hopfer, Sharon F. Terry, and Marilyn E. Coors
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In this Commentary, we describe a cryptographic method for returning research results to individuals who participate in clinical studies. Controlled use of this method, which relaxes the typical anonymization guarantee, can ensure that clinically actionable results reach participants while also addressing most privacy concerns.