Research Development Using REDCap Software

Healthc Inform Res. 2021 Oct;27(4):341-349. doi: 10.4258/hir.2021.27.4.341. Epub 2021 Oct 31.


Objectives: High-quality clinical research is dependent on adequate design, methodology, and data collection. The utilization of electronic data capture (EDC) systems is recommended to optimize research data through proper management. This paper's objective is to present the procedures of REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture), which supports research development, and to promote the utilization of this software among the scientific community.

Methods: REDCap's web application version 10.4.1 released on 2021 (Vanderbilt University) is an EDC system suitable for clinical research development. This paper describes how to join the REDCap consortium and presents how to develop survey instruments and use them to collect and analyze data.

Results: Since REDCap is a web application that stimulates knowledge-sharing among the scientific community, its development is not finished and it is constantly receiving updates to improve the system. REDCap's tools provide access control, audit trails, and data security to the research team.

Conclusions: REDCap is a web application that can facilitate clinical research development, mainly in health fields, and reduce the costs of conducting research. Its tools allow researchers to make the best use of EDC components, such as data storage.

Keywords: Data Collection; Health Information Systems; Health Services Research; Mobile Applications; Public Health Surveillance.