A suite of web applications to streamline the interdisciplinary collaboration in secondary data analyses

Ricardo Pietrobon, Ulrich Guller, Henrique Martins, Andreia P. Menezes, Laurence D. Higgins, Danny O. Jacobs

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Background: We describe a system of web applications designed to streamline the interdisciplinary collaboration in outcomes research. Description: The outcomes research process can be described as a set of three interrelated phases: design and selection of data sources, analysis, and output. Each of these phases has inherent challenges that can be addressed by a group of five web applications developed by our group. QuestForm allows for the formulation of relevant and well-structured outcomes research questions; Research Manager facilitates the project management and electronic file exchange among researchers; Analysis Charts facilitate the communication of complex statistical techniques to clinicians with varying previous levels of statistical knowledge; Literature Matrices improve the efficiency of literature reviews. An outcomes research question is used to illustrate the use of the system. Conclusions: The system presents an alternative to streamline the interdisciplinary collaboration of clinicians, statisticians, programmers, and graduate students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number29
JournalBMC Medical Research Methodology
StatePublished - Dec 14 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Informatics

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