A Plan for the Development and Evaluation of a Data Management and Analysis System for Clinical Investigators
Dec 31, 1973
Discusses the design, execution, and preliminary results of a personal interview survey of clinical investigators at 23 General Clinical Research Centers. The aim of the survey was to develop a characterization of the clinical research process, to verify the existence of problem areas amenable to information science solutions, and to provide a database for initial design specifications of a computer system to assist clinical investigators in their data manipulation tasks. The results (1) verify the low utilization of large computer centers by clinical investigators; (2) identify data processing impediments to clinical research; (3) suggest benefits that might result from their alleviation; (4) provide broad design parameters for a data storage, retrieval, and manipulation system; (5) underline the need for human assistance as well as hardware and software; and (6) document the enthusiasm of clinical investigators about the development and support of a well designed data manipulation tool.