Preparing for Validation
Before you can be issued with your validators REDCap account containing the data you’ll be validating, several things need to have happened:
- The primary data team must have collected, entered and confirmed all their data is complete in their REDCap primary data collection accounts.
- We then check that they have included a full 4-week data collection period, that all patients are fully complete and that all the operation dates fall within their stated data collection period.
- We remove any patients that the team have flagged as being ineligible for inclusion.
- Where multiple teams have taken part at a hospital, we randomise a single 4-week data collection period for validation. But this can only happen after steps 1-3 have been completed for all the teams at that hospital.
Sometimes we find problems with data, for example, if the primary data collection have entered patients with operations outside their data collection period or have not fully completed all their patient records.
We have been contacting teams to correct dates and complete records where necessary and this can lead to a delay in the data being released for validation.