secondary data, legislation, health research.


Technological advances have resulted in the collection, compilation, and archiving of enormous amounts of information, generating a vast database that can be easily accessible for different purposes around the world. Therefore, despite the potential use of secondary data for research, key issues make it difficult to exploit these resources. Furthermore, it is essential that researchers are aware of these challenges and the legal regulations that may exist on this topic. Thus, within this context, this paper conducts a review of the state of knowledge and documentary research to elucidate some interesting questions about the use of secondary data: What issues are being considered most important in the recent literature on the use of secondary data in research? How is this issue regulated in Brazil, and what are the main legislation and their implications for health research using secondary data?. What precautions should researchers take to ensure the ethical conduct of their work when using health data? Finally, as a result of this essential discussion, a framework is presented containing twenty-three recommendations for clinical investigators and ethics committees in human research, and which may be useful in all phases of research to ensure the ethical conduct of their work when using health data.


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Leandro Silva Costa, IFRN

Formado em biologia (licenciatura e bacharelado) com mestrado e doutorado (em conclusão) em bioquímica. Atua também como pesquisador na área de ensino de ciências, desenvolvendo trabalhos de pesquisa na região do Trairí/RN.

Lenina Lopes Soares Silva, Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Norte (IFRN)

Graduated in Pedagogy at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and in Social Sciences at the Lutheran University of Brazil, with Master's and Doctorate degrees in the Graduate Program in Social Sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Leader of the Research Center in Education, Science, Technology, and Labor (Necttra/CNPq). Professor, advisor, and researcher in the Graduate Program in Professional Education and in the Graduation courses in Mathematics and Physics at IFRN. Researcher at the Observatory of Human Resources in Health at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Observatório RH-UFRN) of the ObservaRH Network in Brazil and academic member of the Brazilian Society of History of Medicine.


Lorena Antunes Silva, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)

Technician in Computer Science at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Rio Grande do Norte (2015-2018), in the integrated technical education modality. Fellow in the development of research projects at IFRN. Undergraduate student of Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

PABLO CASTRO SANTOS, State University of Rio Grande do Norte (UERN)

Graduated in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Rio Grande (UFRN). Master's and PhD in Biochemistry from the Graduate Program in Biochemistry at UFRN. Post-doctorate in Education from the Institute of Education at the University of Lisbon (ULisboa). Professor and researcher of the Dentistry Course of the Rio Grande do Norte State University (UERN) and of the Professional Master in Biology Teaching in the National Network (PROFBIO - UERN/UFMG). Member of the Research Ethics Committee of UERN and of the Brazilian Society of Bioethics (SBB).



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