Vanderbilt University, with collaboration from a consortium of institutional partners, has developed a software toolset and workflow methodology for electronic collection and management of research and clinical trial data. This is now available to researchers at UVM through the CCTS Biomedical Informatics Unit.
REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) data collection projects rely on a thorough study-specific data dictionary defined in an iterative self-documenting process by all members of the research team with planning assistance from the CCTS Biomedical Informatics Unit. The iterative development and testing process results in a well-planned data collection strategy for individual studies.
REDCap also provides a powerful tool for building and managing online surveys. The research team can create and design surveys in a web browser and engage potential respondents using a variety of notification methods.
Both REDCap and REDCap Survey systems provide secure, web-based applications that are flexible enough to be used for a variety of types of research, provide an intuitive interface for users to enter data and have real time validation rules (with automated data type and range checks) at the time of entry. These systems offer easy data manipulation with audit trails and reporting for reporting, monitoring and querying patient records, and an automated export mechanism to common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R/S-Plus).
Please cite the publication below in manuscripts using REDCap. We recommend the following boilerplate language:
Study data were collected and managed using REDCap1 electronic data capture tools hosted at University of Vermont. REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web-based application designed to support data capture for research studies, providing: 1) an intuitive interface for validated data entry; 2) audit trails for tracking data manipulation and export procedures; 3) automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to common statistical packages; and 4) procedures for importing data from external sources.
1 Paul A. Harris, Robert Taylor, Robert Thielke, Jonathon Payne, Nathaniel Gonzalez, Jose G. Conde, Research electronic data capture (REDCap) - A metadata-driven methodology and workflow process for providing translational research informatics support, J Biomed Inform. 2009 Apr;42(2):377-81.
Good Practices in Data Management (REDCap) - presentation by Diantha Howard December 2012 (Powerpoint 2010)
REDCap presentation by Diantha Howard - Overview: September 2011 (Powerpoint 2003)
REDCap demo - screenshots September 2011 (Powerpoint 2003)