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Data on Nursing Informatics Reported by Researchers at University of Texas (Managing complex research datasets using electronic tools: a...

July 18, 2014

Data on Nursing Informatics Reported by Researchers at University of Texas (Managing complex research datasets using electronic tools: a meta-analysis exemplar)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Current study results on Nursing have been published. According to news reporting from Austin, Texas, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Meta-analyses of broad scope and complexity require investigators to organize many study documents and manage communication among several research staff. Commercially available electronic tools, for example, EndNote, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Blackboard, Excel, and IBM SPSS Statistics (SPSS), are useful for organizing and tracking the meta-analytic process as well as enhancing communication among research team members."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Texas, "The purpose of this article is to describe the electronic processes designed, using commercially available software, for an extensive, quantitative model-testing meta-analysis. Specific electronic tools improved the efficiency of (a) locating and screening studies, (b) screening and organizing studies and other project documents, extracting data from primary studies, (d) checking data accuracy and analyses, and (e) communication among team members. The major limitation in designing and implementing a fully electronic system for meta-analysis was the requisite upfront time to decide on which electronic tools to use, determine how these tools would be used, develop clear guidelines for their use, and train members of the research team."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The electronic process described here has been useful in streamlining the process of conducting this complex meta-analysis and enhancing communication and sharing documents among research team members."

For more information on this research see: Managing complex research datasets using electronic tools: a meta-analysis exemplar. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 2013;31(6):257-65 (see also Nursing).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S.A. Brown, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78701, United States. Additional authors for this research include E.E. Martin, T.J. Garcia, M.A. Winter, A.A. Garcia, A. Brown, H.E. Cuevas and L.L Sumlin.

Keywords for this news article include: Texas, Austin, Nursing, United States, North and Central America.

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Source: Health & Medicine Week

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