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Begin data management preparations


  • As you prepare to initiate your study you will need to determine the database into which study data will be entered.
  • Creating case report forms (CRFs) and data dictionaries, developing timelines and writing manuals of operations (including review of data for accuracy) are all important pieces of preparing for the data management process.
  • You will also need to set up your database in preparation for data collection. Data elements must follow those included in your IRB-approved protocol. Data should be password protected and stored on Partners computers.


Partners QI Program Annotated CRFs
Partners Research Computing Electronic Data Capture (EDC) Support Service


An Overview of REDCap: A Free, Web-Based Data Management and Survey Tool
Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
Getting Started With REDCap
Good Clinical Practice in Research at an Academic Research Institution
Guidelines and Tools for Maintaining Privacy and Security in Research
Introduction to Survey Design
New StudyTRAX Release: Unleashing PortalsREDCap Programming Training
Study Electronic Data Capture: REDCap and StudyTRAX
StudyTRAX Training Session: Clinical Trials
StudyTRAX Training Session: General Overview
StudyTRAX Training Session: Patient Registries
StudyTRAX Training Session: Survey Research
StudyTRAX Users Workshop
The Principles and Practice of Clinical Research Data Management

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