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The Assumptions of Data Capture

Within the field of clinical research, there has been, for many years, a
move away from the use of paper as a form of data capture, in favour
of electronic data capture, particularly within industry. The advent of
the use of electronic case record forms (eCRFs) is nothing new from
that perspective: what remains a challenge is the use of electronic
data capture (EDC) at site. With this article, James Batchelor,
Director of the Clinical Informatics Research Unit at the University
of Southampton, UK, hopes, with some broad generalisation, to raise
awareness of the issues from the sites’ perspective.