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Relational Databases

This presentation by Dr. Michael Kohn of UCSF gives a great introduction to the topic, and offers the following guidelines for data management in clinical research:

  • Establish the database tables, their rows and columns, and their relationships correctly at the outset.
  • Establish and follow naming conventions for columns and tables.
  • Obtain baseline demographic and clinical information about members of the study population from existing computer databases.
  • Minimize the extent to which study measurements are recorded on paper forms.
  • Follow standard data entry conventions.
  • Back up the database regularly.

Additionally, this PowerPoint on "Database Design Techniques for Clinical Research," by Melissa K. Carroll of Princeton, covers relational database design, setting up a relational database in Microsoft Access, and offers thoughts to consider in designing a database for a study.

Topic revision: r1 - 04 Aug 2011 - 14:05:45 - MaryBanach

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