How the GLA:D Canada team is handling a large dataset with ease
GLA:D Canada is a community-based education and exercise program for people with hip and knee osteoarthritis. The program is being implemented at multiple sites across Canada and is expected to include a large number of patients. The quality of the program is being monitored through the collection of data. Patients are asked to consent to completing questionnaires, once before and twice after the program. For a project of this magnitude, a well-designed data collection system is essential.
Prior to having this automated system, a project like this one would require personnel to make contact with these patients, to carry-out the consent process, to administer the questionnaires, to follow-up with the participants and to track their status. DADOS accomplishes all of this in a well-organized and efficient manner. Using DADOS, patients are able to self-register, give consent to participate electronically, and complete their questionnaire. The system also sends out email reminders when the next questionnaire is due. All this significantly reduces research-related time, effort, and costs.
The GLA:D Canada team often leverages two additional features in DADOS:
When asked about their favourite aspects of DADOS, the GLA:D Canada team stated,