Edinburgh Clinical Trials

Data Management Services

ECTU has an experienced team who provide a range of data management services and enable the creation of systems that provide a successful infrastructure for research projects.

The aim is to produce the highest quality of data possible. We support the full life-cycle of the project from design through data collection and cleaning to archiving of the dataset.

We can provide the following services:

  • CRF Design - CRFs designed from protocol. CRFs reviewed to ensure data collection supports the analysis plan and conversion to electronic CRFs for online data entry.
  • Design and hosting of database to securely store study data.
  • Provide Data management plan and data dictionary.
  • Design and hosting of bespoke secure eCRF and trial management systems including:
    • Built-in query management system
    • Bespoke online randomisation functionality
    • Standard and custom reporting functionality
    • Email alerts
    • CRF tracking systems
    • Online unblinding facilities.
  • For smaller straightforward data-entry systems not requiring complex functionality, we also offer hosting and support for data capture systems using REDCap software.
  • Full data entry support for trials.
  • Data cleaning and data quality checking.
  • Data query reporting for missing or invalid data.
  • Management of study closedown and database lock phase
  • Controlled access to study data and data sharing between project groups
  • Data archiving - Long term storage and management of electronic and non-electronic study data.
  • Anonymization of trial datasets and making these available to researchers via data-sharing agreements


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Data and IT Systems Manager

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