Data Management in Clinical Research

  • Karthik Balachandran
  • Sadishkumar Kamalanathan


  • Data management is an important part of clinical research.

  • It involves planning, acquiring, processing, analyzing, preserving and publishing/sharing data.

  • Each step needs to be documented for maximum reproducibility.

  • Several software options exist to do the same—the choice of which depends on several factors.

  • Using REDCap (or a similar software) takes care of each of these steps and is recommended for data management.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karthik Balachandran
    • 1
  • Sadishkumar Kamalanathan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EndocrinologySri Ramachandra Medical College and Research InstituteChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of EndocrinologyJawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and ResearchPondicherryIndia

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