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We start 2016 with an editorial that looks towards the future shape of sexually transmitted infection (STI) services and research. Chen et al1 introduce the recent RECORD guidelines, and extension of the STROBE guidelines (http://www.strobe-statement.org/) which covers Reporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely collected Data. We have published a growing number of studies using electronic health record data, many from Australia where use of fully electronic records is widespread. Although the challenges of collecting and interpreting such data are considerable, as discussed in an interesting study by Brook et al and a BASHH column, the use of electronic health records is opening a new era in health research. At STI journal we strongly encourage the use of guidelines, such as those promoted by the Equator Network (http://www.equator-network.org). Large scale …
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