Surveys & Clinical Databases (REDCap)

REDCap
The University of Arizona Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics is pleased to be a partner in the REDCap Consortium. REDCap is comprised of 1,878 active institutional partners in 100 countries, and it supports a secure web application (REDCap) designed exclusively to support data capture for research studies and institutional projects. The REDCap application allows users to build and manage online surveys and databases quickly and securely, and is currently in production use or development build-status for more than 265,000 projects with over 358,000 users spanning numerous research focus areas across the consortium. UAHS currently hosts multiple production and development REDCap projects.

Current Statistics for REDCap at the University of Arizona
Total number of active projects: 916
Projects in Production: 273
Projects in Development: 643
Total Number of User Accounts: 1767
NOTE: (If you are currently a REDCap user at CaTS, you may use the following link to connect to the the REDCap software: REDCap at the U of A)

Software
REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and forms (or a mixture of the two). Using REDCap's stream-lined process for rapidly developing projects, you may create and design projects using:

  1. an online method from your web browser using the Online Designer; and/or
  2. an offline method by constructing a 'data dictionary' template file in Microsoft Excel, which can be later uploaded into REDCap.

REDCap provides audit trails for tracking data manipulation and user activity, as well as automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to Excel, PDF, and common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R). Survey's or forms can be printed as PDF's so that data may be collected offline if necessary. Also included are ad hoc reporting tools, and advanced features, such as branching logic, file uploading, and calculated fields. ​REDCap provides a library of common NIH approved web-based forms, real-time data entry validation (e.g. for data types and range checks), audit trails, and the ability to set up a calendar to schedule and track critical study events such as blood-draws, participant visits, etc. Also, designated users can assign different levels of access for each member of the research team. If desired a project may use the REDCap double data entry/blinded data entry with data comparison functionality.

Using REDCap's survey tools a user can collect anonymous responses or track and identify responses from survey participants by:

  • sending a link to their survey via email
  • entering data manually, and/or
  • posting a link on their website

REDCap can also manage projects with multiple sites.

Regulatory compliance: REDCap at the University of Arizona was developed specifically around HIPAA-Security guidelines and is recommended to staff researchers by both our Privacy Office and Institutional Review Board. We provide secure and web-based. Users can input data from anywhere in the world with secure web authentication, data logging, and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. 

Available in multiple languages: Several language translations have already been compiled for REDCap (e.g. Chinese, French, German, Portuguese), and it is anticipated that other languages will be available in full versions of REDCap soon. If any REDCap consortium partner is able and willing to contribute a translation of REDCap into a new language, we are very much interested in acquiring your help.

REDCap mobile app for iOS and Android: REDCap users can now collect their REDCap data in a mobile app on an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet. The REDCap Mobile App adds a new dimension to REDCap's versatility by providing users with a tool for offline data collection, particularly in environments with poor internet connectivity. The app cannot be used on its own but is a companion app that must be used alongside REDCap itself (you must first be a REDCap user at the University of Arizona before you can utilze the mobile app). To learn more, check out the About the Mobile App document about_the_mobile_app.pdf, and if you are interested in the details of what security standards are applied in the app, please see the Mobile App Security document mobile_app_security.pdf.

REDCap Training: The University of Arizona offers class room training in REDCap. There are 3 levels of training:

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced.

If you are interested in registering for a class, please use the following link for a list of scheduled training dates: REDCap Training Registration
For information on class content please go to: REDCap Class Content

Support/Costs: The University of Arizona offers its REDCap users free initial consultations and free technical support. There is no charge to a user or department for the use of REDCap for an unlimited number of projects. Creation of new projects is limited to University of Arizona and Banner Healthcare employees, however project managers may associate collaborators from anywhere in the world. To create new user accounts please contact the UA REDCap administrator at: REDCap administrator.

If you need someone to build your project for you, please contact the UA REDCap administrator at: REDCap administrator. Project creation using the University of Arizona Biomedical Informatics REDCap staff is charged at $75.00/hour. An estimate to build a project can be provided upon request. Ideally the estimate for the project creation should be completed before the budget for the study is completed.

Links:
If you are currently a REDCap user at CaTS, you may use the following link to connect to the the REDCap software: REDCap at the U of A
If you need boilerplate language to use in grants or IRB documentation for REDCap, you may download this document REDCap boilerplate language
For more information about the REDCap consortium, please follow our link to the REDCap website: REDCap

If you are interested in finding out more about REDCap studies at the University of Arizona, or have questions about using REDCap for your upcoming or existing study, please contact Terry Smith at (520) 440-8563 for more information.