Using REDCap Application in Tracking and Evaluation of Occupational Health Questionnaires for Animal Care and Use Program

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Research Management Review


An occupational health program and personnel safety are essential components of an animal care and use program. This paper describes the development and implementation of an online occupational health risk assessment and screening process for personnel involved in the animal care and use program at the University of South Alabama. The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a change from pre-pandemic operating procedures to reduce public health risks to personnel and provided an opportunity to convert from a paper-based process to an online platform powered by REDCap. The transition from a paper to digital format provided opportunities to create efficiencies and standardized best practices in screening, evaluating, and monitoring health risks assessments. The database and forms developed in partnership between the Occupational Health Program and the REDCap@USA team are enabling more streamlined and efficient data collection to support program and regulatory requirements within the institution. Academic institutions and non-profit organizations interested in developing or enhancing online health risk assessments and monitoring may consider utilizing REDCap and adapting the OHP process described in this article.

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