Creation and use of a database in clinical and translational research

Janet P. Smith, Alan C. Elliott, Linda S. Hynan, Joan S. Reisch, Stan A. Waddell

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Often data collection for clinical studies is an afterthought. The results of such an approach are incomplete or confusing data that can, as a worst case, result in scrapping and restarting the entire study. We discuss the planning process for data collection and storage to include encounter form development; data flow and capture; data checking, verification, and validation; advantage of relational databases over spreadsheets; data security; and aspects of a complete data system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)544-553
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Investigative Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • Database
  • Forms design
  • Security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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