All investigator-led research studies that involve the collection of personal health information at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) requires investigators to collect and manage this information using REDCap™ (Research Electronic Data Capture). This requirement does not apply to external investigators or industry-sponsored research, which may use their own data collection tools for the conduct of the study.   


REDCap™ is a secure web application designed to support PHIPA-compliant data capture for research. The system supports secure auditing for tracking data manipulation and permits seamless exporting of de-identified data to commonly used statistics software (e.g., SPSS, stata). 


REDCap™ is hosted on secure servers located at RVH and is backed up in a manner similar to other patient data.  Access to the study data in REDCap™ will be restricted to the members of the study team using a username and password authentication system (a Gmail™ account is required).


If you are interested in using REDCap™ for your study, you can access REDCap™ directly and request access (see REDCap™ Starter’s Guide).


This step-by-step guide will take new REDCap™ users through the registration process.  In addition, the guide will provide step-by-step instructions for researchers on how to use the New Research Study Intake Form that will assist them in systematically transforming their research idea into a research study


For new users, this step-by-step guide provides you with all the instructions needed to start a new research project or survey in REDCap™


For users with some REDCap™ experience, this intermediate user’s guide provides step-by-step instructions on designing more complex research databases and surveys


For advanced users, this step-by-step guide provides you with all the instructions you need to make the most of all the attributes available within REDCap™