Case report forms are an essential part during clinical research development. All clinical data obtained from the study are collected and managed in a case report form. to be then analyzed and to draw conclusions. In this article we are going to delve into the importance of this tool and explain all a professional should know to make a good use of the case report form.
Clinical research intends to collect information to answer medical questions that are to be investigated or confirmed, for example, the causes of a certain pathology, the efficacy or safety of a medical treatment, the early diagnosis of a disease, etc. During the development of a study, many data are obtained and they must be stored somewhere systematically; this is why case report forms are used.
This tool has long been used in the field of clinical studies and has evolved a great deal over the years. Traditionally, paper forms were used to collect data, but since the nineties, and with the spread of the Internet, eCRFs or electronic case report forms have prevailed.
Normally, they are computer software or cloud systems that meet the following characteristics:
“Case report forms are an essential part during clinical research development”
As we have already said, electronic case report forms have a lot of advantages compared to their paper predecessors, even though they can also have certain disadvantages. Find below an analysis of their pros and cons:
The choice between a traditional case report form and an electronic case report form will depend on the research sponsors and their economic resources available. But, overall, the use of an electronic CRF is greatly preferable due to its efficiency and security.
“Electronic case report forms have a lot of advantages compared to their paper predecessors, even though they can also have certain disadvantages”.
In Experior, as experts in the start-up and management of clinical trials, we can help you to design the case report form that you need for your research. We have the most advanced technology for the successful implementation of an electronic CRF for your research. We customize and adapt CRFs to the largest extent possible to each client.
In addition to the design of case report forms, in Experior we can also help you with the data management of your study at different levels:
In short, we offer a comprehensive service to ensure that the best data quality within the deadlines for the studies. If you need assistance in this, contact us and we will offer you advice.
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