been designed to reduce the time and resources required to set
up a new clinical study. Whether your study has to be set up
from scratch, or a previous study can be replicated, DMSys gives
you the tools needed to be efficient and effective.
A study is set up by adding the study to the study list, creating a Forms list
and site list, then creating data dictionaries, data entry screens and logic/data
checks for each Form. Each of these steps is easy to understand and perform.
DMSys uses Microsoft Excel® as an interface in creating data dictionaries, making it easy to
copy and paste the definitions for similar variables or blocks of variables. Once the Excel
dictionary has been created, DMSys uses it to generate the Visual FoxPro® data table structure,
thus eliminating the need for any programming of data base tables.
Data entry screen design is a simple drag and drop process. The DMSys data entry
screen designer eliminates substantially all programming. This permits rapid, easy creation
of user-friendly screens while saving countless hours of design work. The Form Controls toolbar
provides a wide choice of controls to be placed on the screen, such as labels, text boxes, edit
boxes (for lengthy text, such as comments), option buttons, check boxes, drop-down lists, lines,
and shapes. The screen designer menu includes drop-down lists of the variable names and variable
labels taken from the data dictionary so that you do not need to re-type them on the data entry
screen: you simply select them from the menu. DMSys provides the facility to test data
entry screens as you create them, eliminating any unforeseen problems once data
DMSys includes shortcuts that allow you to copy all or some of the components of a study
configuration to a new study, or to a new Form within the same study. When you have similar
studies to configure, this feature is a major time saver. This feature gives you the ability
to set-up a study once, then to re-use the study structure over and over again. It also allows you to
set-up a study for testing and validation purposes, then copy the entire study to a new study for
DMSys comes with a Demonstration Study and DMSys Help. The Demonstration Study
is a complete clinical study including many examples that can be used to
gain faster understanding of how a function works. The study structure of the Demonstration Study is like any other study and, in conjunction
with the copy from study to study feature, can be used to create your own studies.
DMSys Help is very
detailed and designed as a user manual for use by anyone, including users
with limited CDMS experience.