J Am Med Inform Assoc 14:394-396 doi:10.1197/jamia.M2218
  • The Practice of Informatics
  • Technical Brief

A Data Accounting System for Clinical Investigators

  1. T Michael Kashner,
  2. Robert Hinson,
  3. Gloria J Holland,
  4. Don D Mickey,
  5. Keith Hoffman,
  6. Lisa Lind,
  7. Linda D Johnson,
  8. Barbara K Chang,
  9. Richard M Golden,
  10. Steven S Henley
  1. Affiliations of the authors: Office of Academic Affiliations, Department of Veterans Affairs, (TMK, RH, BKC, DDM, GJH, LDJ) Washington, DC; Allocation Resource Center, Department of Veterans Affairs, Braintree, MA (KH); Private Practice, (LL) Dallas, TX; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, (TMK) Dallas, TX; University of New Mexico School of Medicine, (BKC) Albuquerque, NM; University of Texas at Dallas,(RMG) Dallas, TX; Martingale Research Corporation, (SSH) Plano, TX
  1. Correspondence and reprints: T. Michael Kashner, PhD, JD, MPH, Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390-9066; e-mail: <michael.kashner{at}>
  • Received 19 July 2006
  • Accepted 10 April 2007


Clinical investigators often preprocess, process, and analyze their data without benefit of formally organized research centers to oversee data management. This article outlines a practical three-file structure to help guide these investigators track and document their data through processing and analyses. The proposed process can be implemented without additional training or specialized software. Thus, it is particularly well suited for research projects with small budgets or limited access to viable research/data coordinating centers.


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