A project I work on does data collection and management for clinical
trials. We use a web based data entry system, but most of our data is
still written on paper forms and then transcribed. We do the
transcribing twice to improve the accuracy of that step.
Our funding sources are starting to push for direct entry. This
eliminates the time, cost and errors from the transcription. But does
anyone have or know of any data (opinions are welcome, too, but please
try to distinguish the two :-)) on whether data entered on line is
more reliable, less reliable or about the same as data entered on
paper. Clearly the handwriting problem goes away, but other errors are
intraduced. I mean introduced. :-)
A second order question is how any of this is affected by the kind of
machine being used: desktop vs laptop vs PDA vs...
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