A comparison study: paper-based versus web-based data collection and management

Appl Nurs Res. 2005 Aug;18(3):182-5. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2004.11.003.


The purpose of this pilot study was to compare the cost, accuracy, and efficiency of a web-enhanced handheld computer data collection system with those of the traditional paper-based data collection and management system and to increase awareness/knowledge of researchers on these two data collection and management methods. This is an important topic because funding resources are diminishing and high startup costs associated with automated data collection systems may give researchers pause when faced with these financial expenditures. Hence, this information will position grant writers and funders to make intelligent decisions regarding the feasibility and advantage of web-enhanced electronic data collection strategies.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computers, Handheld*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Nursing Research / methods
  • Nursing Research / organization & administration*
  • Pilot Projects