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  1. What is ... Orthoscore?
  2. How do I ... get the results?
  3. What if ... a mistake is made on data entry?
  4. What about ... Confidentiality?
  5. What about ... data integrity/ validation?
  6. What about ... research protocol/ patient/ colleague information sheets?

What is ... Orthoscore

Orthoscore is a research/ orthopaedic outcome scoring tool.

Depending on the anatomical site/ research demands, its possible to create a web page (form) to allow data entry and storage online.

Orthoscore is accesible where ever the internet exists (the reason the internet was created).

The relevant online form submits the data to a database.

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How do I ... get the results?


Several options exist for data retrieval.


1. Form e mails result to owner.

            Check e mail


2. Results stored on web page.

            View page online


3. Results stored in Excel format. (CSV file)

            Download and save CSV file on local computer. (immediately available)


4. Result stored in Access format (possible to store whole database on server)

            Results can be viewed immediately online (table)

            Entries can be deleted if required with online database editor (password protected)

            Whole database can be downloaded by the webmaster and forwarded to the owner.

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What if ... a mistake is made on data entry?


Prior to submission, changing answers occurs automatically online.

A reset button is available to clear form completely.

Once the form has been submitted, changing answers and deleting entries depends on format chosen for data storage.

When using the access option, an online database editor (password protected) is available to review results and delete entries as required. It is only possible to delete the entry with a mistake. It is not possible to alter data in the access database online by the database owner.

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What about ... Confidentiality?

Clearly the web is accessible by all.


Patient confidentiality is ensured by several means.


1. No names/ addresses

        Unique identifiers (ID numbers) are used

        2-3 dataset identifiers are suggested Eg. IDNumber, Date of Birth, Initials for example.

        This is to ensure integrity when cross referencing with other databases.


2. Password protection (on several levels)

        Orthoscore databases are password protected on the server.

        Only the webmaster can download the full database.

        Database editors are available to the database owner (if required) to delete entries if mistakes are made, again password protected.

        Database owner pages and their relevant forms can be password protected, where required.


3. No record is kept on  the orthoscore website of the institution the research is being conducted in. (Unless specifically requested by database owner.)

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What about ... data integrity/ validation?

It is possible to ensure data is entered in a specific way, by designing the forms.

It is possible to ensure all questions are answered in the format required Eg. (DOB dd/mm/yyyy) before the form is submitted.


It is not possible to validate data entry as above where the form is being used to calculate a total prior to submission


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What about ... research protocols/ patient/ colleague information sheets?

On the database owners home page it is possible to store all documents in relation to the research protocol.

Eg. Patient information sheets, consent forms, instructions for investigators (multicentre trial), Paper version of outcome score etc.

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Revised: 06/05/11