Desiderata for a computer-assisted audit tool for clinical data source verification audits

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2010;160(Pt 2):894-8.


Clinical data auditing often requires validating the contents of clinical research databases against source documents available in health care settings. Currently available data audit software, however, does not provide features necessary to compare the contents of such databases to source data in paper medical records. This work enumerates the primary weaknesses of using paper forms for clinical data audits and identifies the shortcomings of existing data audit software, as informed by the experiences of an audit team evaluating data quality for an international research consortium. The authors propose a set of attributes to guide the development of a computer-assisted clinical data audit tool to simplify and standardize the audit process.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Computers
  • Data Collection
  • Medical Audit / classification
  • Medical Audit / methods*
  • Medical Records
  • Research Design
  • Software*