Project History

Use Cases Scenarios
Use Case Requirements
Bugs and Known Limitations

User Manuals Getting Started
General Tour
Configuration Options
Logging Tool Tour
Administration Tool Tour

Developers Architecture
Analysis of Design
Creating Plugins
Future Enhancements

Welcome to CST

What is it?

The Clinical Study Tracker (CST) is a simple software suite of tools which is used to track progress and completion of medical tests performed on participants during a clinical study. Front page has ‘file folder appearance’ which allows for easy, understandable data entry. Each activity (or medical test) is comprised of a sequence of activity steps (or process steps) which are assigned a date field (where the completion date of the activity step is entered). The tool suite comprises of an Administration Tool used to setup the database, and a Logging Tool for logging progress data. CST is freely available under the Apache License 2.0.

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The application was originally developed to track study members who were participating in a three year clinical study led by the Lifelong Health and Ageing Unit of the Medical Research Council UK. The original idea for the application came from Dr. Sheila Raynor, who was responsible for tracking study members through a series of cardiovascular tests which all required different amount of post processing. The software code was developed by Kevin Garwood.

Main benefits and features for end-users

The software application, its code base, and an exhaustive set of design documents are all made freely available under the Apache License 2.0. The license allows you to adapt the code without having to make your changes publically available. Furthermore, the software was designed to help you isolate the sensitive information in your study so that you can help stabilise a shared code base used by other clinical study groups.

CST was developed with a limited budget in mind. To make the most of our funding, we decided to focus on supporting a minimal feature set which did one thing well. From the onset of development, we also needed to ask:

"How do I stop using Clinical Study Tracker? What will happen at the end of the study with the information?

CST has been designed so that you can use it as long as needed, and then migrate all of your data to something else (including a simple spreadsheet if desired) when the application no longer meets your needs or the organisation grows out of it.

Who should use it?

The software is well suited for clinical trial coordinators, study managers, nurses, or even junior administrative staff. It was designed so that most staff could be trained in about 30 minutes. Any project that involves multiple streams of activities, varied arrival times, and different process steps to complete is ideal for the software. Suitable for small clinical projects on low budgets who cannot afford a commercial solution, or where commercial solutions may be too complex for the user base. The software is probably ideal for university or NGO groups doing work in small-scale clinical trials.

Who should NOT use it?

CST emphasises a minimal feature set so that the software can be adapted and maintained by small projects. It can be extended in various ways. But it is not intended to be a turn-key software solution which keeps track of everything in your clinical study. It was mainly designed to track the dates on which your case studies complete some step in an activity.

A Special note about the web site materials

We have decided to put this part in glowing red. You will find dozens of sample data files and images throughout this web site which appear to describe case study members. Please note that all of the case study records in the examples we use are FAKE.

We use many of the same activities but for the release we worked with an artificial data repository. The naming of patient studies used for the examples doesn't even follow our own in-house conventions.

Special Thanks

We would like to thank MRC Technology for fostering the release of this CST as an open source application.

Authors: Sheila Raynor, Kevin Garwood

(c)2010 Medical Research Council. Licensed under Apache 2.0.

(c)2010 Lifelong Health and Ageing Unit of the Medical Research Council.