How can confidence in the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine be restored following the publication of an untrustworthy research paper in 1998 claiming a link between the vaccine and autism?
How was the connection between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and autism disproved?
Patient data has been key to rebuilding public confidence in the MMR vaccine following the publication of an untrustworthy, fraudulent research paper in 1998 claiming a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
A study of over 5000 de-identified GP records from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), a ‘real world’ primary care database of anonymised medical records from General Practitioners conclusively showed no convincing evidence that the MMR vaccination increased the risk of autism.
This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the health professionals as part of the care and support provided.