Development of an integrated prostate cancer research information system.
BACKGROUND: In this article, we describe the design and implementation of a comprehensive prostate cancer database developed to collect, store, and access clinical, treatment, and outcomes data for research and clinical care. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The Prostate Cancer Clinical Research Information System is a relational database. Data are entered from multiple sources, including medical records, institutional laboratory, patient registration, pharmacy systems, and clinician forms. The history, design, and operational characteristics of the database are described. Issues regarding necessary staffing and funding of databases are reviewed. RESULTS: Four thousand two hundred forty-six patients have information in the Prostate Cancer Clinical Research Information System. Mean age of patients is 62 years, and 89% are white. Seventy-one percent of patients presented at diagnosis with T1 or T2 disease, and 78% had biopsy Gleason scores of
Oh, WK; Hayes, J; Evan, C; Manola, J; George, DJ; Waldron, H; Donovan, M; Varner, J; Orechia, J; Katcher, B; Lu, D; Nevins, A; Wright, RL; Tormey, L; Talcott, J; Rubin, MA; Loda, M; Sellers, WR; Richie, JP; Kantoff, PW; Weeks, J
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