How I Do It: A Practical Database Management System to Assist Clinical Research Teams with Data Collection, Organization, and Reporting

Howard Lee, Julius Chapiro, Rüdiger Schernthaner, Rafael Duran, Zhijun Wang, Boris Gorodetski, Jean François Geschwind, Ming De Lin

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Abstract

Rationale and Objectives: The objective of this study was to demonstrate that an intra-arterial liver therapy clinical research database system is a more workflow efficient and robust tool for clinical research than a spreadsheet storage system. The database system could be used to generate clinical research study populations easily with custom search and retrieval criteria. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was designed and distributed to 21 board-certified radiologists to assess current data storage problems and clinician reception to a database management system. Based on the questionnaire findings, a customized database and user interface system were created to perform automatic calculations of clinical scores including staging systems such as the Child-Pugh and Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer, and facilitates data input and output. Results: Questionnaire participants were favorable to a database system. The interface retrieved study-relevant data accurately and effectively. The database effectively produced easy-to-read study-specific patient populations with custom-defined inclusion/exclusion criteria. Conclusions: The database management system is workflow efficient and robust in retrieving, storing, and analyzing data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-533
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic radiology
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

Keywords

  • Database
  • Graphical user interface
  • Organization
  • Query
  • Statistical analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    Lee, H., Chapiro, J., Schernthaner, R., Duran, R., Wang, Z., Gorodetski, B., Geschwind, J. F., & Lin, M. D. (2015). How I Do It: A Practical Database Management System to Assist Clinical Research Teams with Data Collection, Organization, and Reporting. Academic radiology, 22(4), 527-533. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2014.12.002