Using REDCap to Manage Data With MOST
November 26, 2018
When following the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) to build an intervention, it is often most efficient to conduct an optimization trial using an experimental design that requires management of many more conditions than would be necessary in the typical two- or three-arm randomized controlled trial (RCT). Examples are traditional factorial experiments and sequential, multiple assignment, randomized trials (SMARTs). Running an experiment with numerous conditions can be daunting to researchers who are accustomed to RCTs. To facilitate the smooth management of data from a variety of types of optimization trials, we asked Chuck Cleland at New York University to develop the guide to Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) for MOST.
REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. REDCap’s user-friendly web-based interface makes it an excellent tool for data management. Chuck Cleland’s excellent guide will help you use REDCap to manage complex optimization trials efficiently. The website includes text description, REDCap’s videos, and an example factorial experiment with screenshots. This resource will help interested scientists to organize, run, and track their experiments in the optimization phase of MOST.