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Cell Tissue Bank. 2012 Mar;13(1):9-13. doi: 10.1007/s10561-011-9240-x. Epub 2011 Feb 18.

Development of a data entry auditing protocol and quality assurance for a tissue bank database.

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  • 1Breast Cancer Tissue Bank, The University of Sydney at the Westmead Millennium Institute, Darcy Road, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia.


Human transcription error is an acknowledged risk when extracting information from paper records for entry into a database. For a tissue bank, it is critical that accurate data are provided to researchers with approved access to tissue bank material. The challenges of tissue bank data collection include manual extraction of data from complex medical reports that are accessed from a number of sources and that differ in style and layout. As a quality assurance measure, the Breast Cancer Tissue Bank (http:\\ has implemented an auditing protocol and in order to efficiently execute the process, has developed an open source database plug-in tool (eAuditor) to assist in auditing of data held in our tissue bank database. Using eAuditor, we have identified that human entry errors range from 0.01% when entering donor's clinical follow-up details, to 0.53% when entering pathological details, highlighting the importance of an audit protocol tool such as eAuditor in a tissue bank database. eAuditor was developed and tested on the Caisis open source clinical-research database; however, it can be integrated in other databases where similar functionality is required.

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