REDCap: New Resource for Researchers at the University of South Alabama

At the April 2016 meeting of the Health Disparities Research Group, Clista Clanton, Education and Clinical Librarian Coordinator at the University of South Alabama’s Biomedical Library, introduced REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture). This new resource provides faculty and staff at the University with a flexible, easy-to-use, and secure web-based application for capturing, using, and sharing research. The system provides various tools for building and electronically administering surveys as well as tools for managing follow-up to and incentives for study participants.

During her presentation, Ms. Clanton explained that REDCap is used and supported by an international consortium of approximately 1,800 institutional partners from around the world. This breadth of users means that REDCap provides access to survey templates and other tools to assist researchers getting started with the system.

One researcher from the Mitchell Cancer Institute described his experience with REDCap in very positive terms. He explained the ease with which his team was able to develop their surveys and distribute via email to about 1500 participants. Along with outlining how REDCap provides tools for efficient data management, he described the automation of some administrative functions such as providing incentives for study participants with emailed coupons.

REDCap is available for faculty, staff, and students of the University of South Alabama (USA), the Mitchell Cancer Institute, the USA Medical Center, and the USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Currently, there are 24 active REDCap users affiliated with USA with seven projects in production and another four in development.

In order to use REDCap, you must first fill out an application.  Links to the application and more information about using the system can be found on the USA REDCap informational page  and also on the USA Biomedical Library website.  Additionally, you can contact Clista Clanton the USA REDCap university contact at cclanton@southalabama.edu with any question.

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