Commonly used data-collection approaches in clinical research
Department of Medicine; Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Meyers Primary Care Institute
Medical Subject Headings
Biomedical Research; Clinical Laboratory Techniques; Clinical Trials as Topic; Comparative Effectiveness Research; Data Collection; Epidemiologic Research Design; Humans; Interviews as Topic; Medical Records; Questionnaires; *Research Design; Self Report
Clinical Epidemiology | Epidemiology | Health Services Research
We provide an overview of the different data-collection approaches that are commonly used in carrying out clinical, public health, and translational research. We discuss several of the factors that researchers need to consider in using data collected in questionnaire surveys, from proxy informants, through the review of medical records, and in the collection of biologic samples. We hope that the points raised in this overview will lead to the collection of rich and high-quality data in observational studies and randomized controlled trials.
Saczynski, Jane S.; McManus, David D.; and Goldberg, Robert J., "Commonly used data-collection approaches in clinical research" (2013). University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. 355.