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Using REDCap to Facilitate Web-Based Therapeutic Intervention Research

Crane, Stacey; Comer, Robert Skipworth; Arenson, Andrew D.; Draucker, Claire

doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000367

Background Limited guidelines to assist nurse researchers who use web-based interventions are available. Nurses must develop the supporting technology enabling participants to complete study activities and collected data while maintaining data security and participant confidentiality.

Objectives The aim of the study was to describe how the authors used advanced Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) functionality to support the data management infrastructure of an interactive, web-based therapeutic intervention.

Methods The data management infrastructure for the WISER (Writing to Improve Self-in-Relationships) intervention pilot study consisted of two components: a website for presentation of the intervention and participant account management and a REDCap project for data capture and storage. The REDCap application programming interface connected these two components using HTML links and data exchanges.

Results We completed an initial pilot study of WISER with 14 participants using the REDCap-based infrastructure. Minimal technical difficulties were encountered.

Discussion REDCap is cost-effective, is readily available, and, through its advanced functionality, is able to facilitate confidential, secure interactions with participants, robust data management, and seamless participant progression in web-based intervention research.

Stacey Crane, PhD, RN, CPON, is Assistant Professor, Cizik School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston.

Robert Skipworth Comer, MS, is Research Associate, Media Arts and Science, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.

Andrew D. Arenson, BA, is Principal Programmer/Analyst, Pervasive Technology Institute, Indiana University, Indianapolis.

Claire Draucker, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Angela Barron McBride Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis.

Accepted for publication October 20, 2018.

The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the entire WISER team including Donna S. Martsolf, PhD, CNS, RN, FAAN; Halima Al-Khattab, PhD, RN; Allison McCord, PhD, RN; Lindsey Romero, BA; and Caesar Bravo, BS. The development of the WISER intervention and the WISER pilot study were funded by research incentive funds from the Indiana University School of Nursing. This article was developed and written while the primary author was in predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships funded by training grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research (F31 NR015393) and the National Cancer Institute (T32 CA117865). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding agencies.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Corresponding author: Stacey Crane, PhD, RN, CPON, Indiana University School of Nursing, 600 Barnhill Dr., NU317A, Indianapolis, IN, 46202 (e-mail:

Ethical Conduct of Research: The WISER pilot study was reviewed and approved by the Indiana University Institutional Review Board (1607804987) where it was conducted.

Clinical Trial Registration: Not applicable

Online date: May 31, 2019

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