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Using biometrics for participant identification in a research study: A case report

Corby, PM and Schleyer, T and Spallek, H and Hart, TC and Weyant, RJ and Corby, AL and Bretz, WA (2006) Using biometrics for participant identification in a research study: A case report. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 13 (2). 233 - 235. ISSN 1067-5027

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This paper illustrates the use of biometrics through the application of an iris-based biometrics system for identifying twins and their parents in a longitudinal research study. It explores the use of biometrics (science of measuring physical or anatomical characteristics of individuals) as a technology for correct identification of individuals during longitudinal studies to help ensure data fidelity. Examples of these circumstances include longitudinal epidemiological and genetic studies, clinical trials, and multicenter collaborative studies where accurate identification of subjects over time can be difficult when the subject may be young or an unreliable source of identification information. The use of technology can automate the process of subject identification thereby reducing the need to depend on subject recall during repeated visits thus helping to ensure data quality. This case report provides insights that may serve as useful hints for those responsible for planning system implementation that involves participants' authentication that would require a more secure form of identification.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Corby, PM
Schleyer, Ttitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Spallek, Hhspallek@pitt.eduHSPALLEK
Hart, TC
Weyant, RJrjw1@pitt.eduRJW10000-0002-5252-9120
Corby, AL
Bretz, WA
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 March 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Volume: 13
Number: 2
Page Range: 233 - 235
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1197/jamia.m1793
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1067-5027
MeSH Headings: Adult; Biomedical Research; Biometry; Child; Humans; Iris--anatomy & histology; Longitudinal Studies; Patient Identification Systems--methods; Twin Studies as Topic
Other ID: NLM PMC1447546
PubMed Central ID: PMC1447546
PubMed ID: 16357359
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2012 20:54
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2018 10:55


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