What is it? Why is it important?
Study data is any information that is collected or generated during study conduct, and which is needed to answer its primary- and secondary research questions. Any data collected during the study must be specified and documented in the study protocol.
For the statistical analysis only digital data is used. Still, in studies also non-digital data formats are collected (e.g. visual imaging, laboratory notebooks, participant diaries, interviews). As a consequence and prior to analysis, non-digital data must initially translated into some type of coded format.
Typical data collected in a study are:
- Descriptive data (e.g. age, gender, demographics)
- Study relevant data needed to answer the research question(s) (e.g. disease characteristics, intervention efficacy data, observational data)
- Safety data, with the collection of adverse events experienced by study participants during study conduct
What do I need to do?
As a SP-INV, know that only data needed to answer the research question(s) can be collected. In addition, all planed study data must be listed in the study protocol and submitted to the Ethics Committee for approval (e.g. sommarised in the CRF of the study).
The excessive collection and documentation of data not needed to answer the study question(s)
- Adds unnecessary burden to study participants and is consequently unethical from a participant perspective
- Will increase the required resources needed to perform the study (e.g. infrastructure, study staff, handling and analysis of biological samples)
- Will increase the cost of the study and inflate the study budget
Prior to collecting any data from study participants requires that they consent (ICF) to study participation. Health related data is considered sensitive data. Thus, special handling and management is required to ensure the identity of study participants is protected.
For more information refer to study Feasibility in this Study Guide.
Where can I get help?
Your local CTU↧ can support you with experienced staff regarding this topic
Basel, Departement Klinische Forschung, CTU, dkf.unibas.ch
Lugano, Clinical Trials Unit, CTU-EOC, www.ctueoc.ch
Bern, Clinical Trials Unit, CTU, www.ctu.unibe.ch
Geneva, Clinical Research Center, CRC, crc.hug.ch
Lausanne, Clinical Research Center, CRC, www.chuv.ch
St. Gallen, Clinical Trials Unit, CTU, www.kssg.ch
Zürich, Clinical Trials Center, CTC, www.usz.ch