Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Data Privacy Checklist


Published on: June 11, 2024

Abstract: Data privacy is a critical not only for the safe and ethical conduct of clinical trials, but also for supporting and maintaining the trust of clinical trial participants. For clinical trial participants who may be discriminated against or otherwise harmed if their personal identifying information were to be disclosed, data privacy all the more important. In the SOGI Data Collection Checklist, we advocate for the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data, where appropriate and feasible. In the SOGI Data Privacy Checklist, which is meant to accompany the SOGI Data Collection Checklist, we provide thinking prompts to support researchers, sites, and sponsors, and others in maintaining privacy when collecting, storing, and sharing SOGI data. These prompts center on how to make the research environment/site a welcoming a place where individuals can trust that they and their data will be respected and protected, and where to consider implementing necessary safeguards to protect participant identity and privacy. We also include an addendum on special considerations for pediatric populations, in addition to a list of references with links to more detailed guidance.

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