Economic analysis of centralized vs. decentralized electronic data capture in multi-center clinical studies.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

BACKGROUND: New data management models are emerging in multi-center clinical studies. We evaluated the incremental costs associated with decentralized vs. centralized models. METHODS: We developed clinical research network economic models to evaluate three data management models: centralized, decentralized with local software, and decentralized with shared database. Descriptive information from three clinical research studies served as inputs for these models. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome was total data management costs. Secondary outcomes included: data management costs for sites, local data centers, and central coordinating centers. RESULTS: Both decentralized models were more costly than the centralized model for each clinical research study: the decentralized with local software model was the most expensive. Decreasing the number of local data centers and case book pages reduced cost differentials between models. CONCLUSION: Decentralized vs. centralized data management in multi-center clinical research studies is associated with increases in data management costs.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Walden, A; Nahm, M; Barnett, ME; Conde, JG; Dent, A; Fadiel, A; Perry, T; Tolk, C; Tcheng, JE; Eisenstein, EL

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 164 /

Start / End Page

  • 82 - 88

PubMed ID

  • 21335692

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3506018

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0926-9630


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands