REDCap databases for clinical research

REDCap is an increasingly popular browser-based database platform for data collection in clinical research. It offers an intuitive user interface for building custom data collection instruments for clinical research projects. Instruments can be filled by the researchers themselves, or can be enabled as surveys that can be filled by project participants themselves. With complete audit trail on all data transactions and detailed user rights and access control management, REDCap lives up to Danish legislation concerning the handling of personal and sensitive data.

Expected learning outcomesUpon completion of the course, the participant should be able to design, use and maintain a custom made REDCap database for simple and more advanced studies. The participants should have a good understanding of the REDCap data structure and be able to export and interpret data in later data analysis. The participant should have knowledge about more advanced REDCap features

Course content: The course will cover the following topics:

  • General considerations in database design
  • Designing data collection instruments
  • Branching logic and calculated fields
  • Data entry
  • REDCap data dictionary
  • REDCap surveys
  • Longitudinal projects
  • Randomization
  • Data exports and reporting
  • User rights management

Course format2 days made up of a mixture of lectures and exercises. If time allows it at the end of the two days, it will be possible to work on implementing what you have learned in designing your own research project

PrerequisitesThe participant needs to bring his or her own laptop with a browser installed. REDCap requires no previous experience with databases.

Course capacity20

ECTS credits: 1,4

Course leader: Peter Bjødstrup Jensen, PhD, OPEN – Odense Patient data Explorative Network

Course materialsAll materials will be made available before the course starts on the Blackboard (e-learn) website.


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