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Efficient, quality-assured data capture in operational research through innovative use of open-access technology


Kumar, A M V; Naik, B; Guddemane, D K; Bhatia, P; Wilson, N; Sreenivas, A N; Lauritsen, J; Rieder, H L (2013). Efficient, quality-assured data capture in operational research through innovative use of open-access technology. Public Health Action, 3(1):60-62.

Abstract

Ensuring quality of data during electronic data capture has been one of the most neglected components of operational research. Multicentre studies are also challenged with issues about logistics of travel, training, supervision, monitoring and troubleshooting support. Allocating resources to these issues can pose a significant bottleneck for operational research in resource-limited settings. In this article, we describe an innovative and efficient way of coordinating data capture in multicentre operational research using a combination of three open access technologies—EpiData for data capture, Dropbox for sharing files and TeamViewer for providing remote support.

Ensuring quality of data during electronic data capture has been one of the most neglected components of operational research. Multicentre studies are also challenged with issues about logistics of travel, training, supervision, monitoring and troubleshooting support. Allocating resources to these issues can pose a significant bottleneck for operational research in resource-limited settings. In this article, we describe an innovative and efficient way of coordinating data capture in multicentre operational research using a combination of three open access technologies—EpiData for data capture, Dropbox for sharing files and TeamViewer for providing remote support.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:04 Feb 2014 09:53
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:28
Publisher:International Union of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
ISSN:2220-8372
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5588/pha.13.0004
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-89623

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