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REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web-based application designed exclusively to support data capture for research studies*. REDCap provides: 1) an intuitive interface for data entry (with data validation); 2) audit trails for tracking data manipulation and export procedures; 3) automated export procedures of both full data sets and deidentified data for seamless data downloads to common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R); 4) procedures for importing data from external sources; 5) survey tools for self-participation in data collection, including integration of these survey into a database; and 6) advanced features, such as branching logic, randomization, and calculated fields.
The REDCap project (http://project-redcap.org/) was initiated at Vanderbilt University and includes more than 400 active institutional partners from CTSA, GCRC, RCMI funded institutions, including MUSC, and others through a collaborative international consortium spanning almost 50 countries.
Through the SUCCESS Center, consultation and screening is offered to the researcher to determine if a REDCap database is appropriate for the research study. If so, the SUCCESS center will work with the researcher to build and implement the database according to the study’s needs, and offers a variety of means do to so, including salary coverage and an hourly fee-for-service, or DIY (Do It Yourself).
A brief description of the REDCap database creation process:
1) Initial meeting.
This initial meeting consists of a face to face meeting between an informatics staff member(s) and the investigator and his/her staff. The meeting centers around the timeline and data requirements for the study, as well as a demonstration, and instructions on how to build your database.
2) Investigator and staff to build prototype database.
After the initial meeting, the investigator and his/her staff complete the prototype at their own convenience using the online form builder. Any questions or concerns should be asked of the informatics members by contacting them at
3) Investigator approves the study website.
Once the investigator and his/her staff agree that the website is accurate and complete, the informatics member performs the necessary finishing touches and clears out all the testing data in order to move the website/database to a production environment after verifying IRB approval.
4) REDCap ready to be used.
Investigator and his/her staff are now able to enter the necessary data for their study. REDCap supports incomplete data entry and thus the entering of data can and will be done at multiple times through out the study.
5) Data Export.
The data export function is included as part of the website. Once data has been successfully entered into the database, the investigator and his/her staff can extract this data for different analysis software program such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, R/S-Plus and Excel.
* A research study with IRB approval is required for the REDCap Database to be made live or placed into "production" mode. If you need help with any aspect of the research process, the SUCCESS center will be able to assist.
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Who to contact for help or to schedule a consultation:
Enter a request in SPARC under Office of Biomedical Informatics, or
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