Conducting multicentre operational research is challenging due to issues related to the logistics of travel, training, supervision, monitoring and troubleshooting support. This is even more burdensome in resource-constrained settings and if the research includes patient interviews.
In this article, the authors describe an innovative model that uses open access tools such as Dropbox, TeamViewer and CamScanner for efficient, quality-assured data collection in an ongoing multicentre operational research study involving record review and patient interviews. The tools used for data collection have been shared for adaptation and use by other researchers.
This research was supported by the UK Department for International Development’s Operational Research Capacity Building Programme led by the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union)
Axshya SAMVAD Study Group:, Shewade HD, Chadha SS, Gupta V, Tripathy JP, Satyanarayana S, Sagili K, Mohanty S, Bera OP, Pandey P, Rajeswaran P, Jayaraman G, Santhappan A, Bajpai UN, Mamatha AM, Maiser R, Naqvi AJ, Pandurangan S, Nath S, Ghule VH, Das A, Prasad BM, Biswas M, Singh G, Mallick G, Jeyakumar Jaisingh AJ, Rao R, Kumar AMV. Data collection using open access technology in multicentre operational research involving patient interviews. Public Health Action. 2017;7(1):74–7.
Data collection using open access technology in multicentre operational research involving patient interviews