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Using R with REDCap: An Introduction to Secure Data Collection and Analysis for Busy Non-programmers

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REDCap is a user-friendly online database tool that researchers can use to collect, store and describe data including Protected Health Information. REDCap 4.x allows researchers to load data from the Stanford’s Electronic Medical Record (EPIC or Cerner with help from IRT), enter data directly into the system by hand, or allow patients to enter data with web enabled devices like laptops, desktop or tablet computers like IPADs. While REDCap is an excellent tool to collect and store data its analysis tools are primitive. R is a free software package that can read data out of REDCap and then calculates statistics and generate publication quality graphics. This class introduces people, without a programming background, to REDCap and R. This is both a lecture and hands on lab so students should ideally have a laptop.

After completing the class attendees will know how to:
  • access REDCap from on or off campus
  • create an online survey for subject recruitment
  • create a database to hold data from a research study
  • do basic summary statistics in REDCap
  • load REDCap data into R
  • use R with a point-and-click interface to do basic statistics on data originating in REDCap

About the Instructor:

Ray Balise PhD, Stanford Health Research and Policy
Please contact Ray Balise if you have questions about course content, etc.


Students must have completed the instructions installing R on a Windows Machine or a Mac before taking this class.
Attendance of Using R for Graphics Programming: An Introduction Using a Point-and-Click Interface is recommended but not required.