7.5.3  Design of a data collection form

When adapting or designing a data collection form, review authors should first consider how much information should be collected. Collecting too much information can lead to forms that are longer than original study reports, and can be very wasteful of time. Collection of too little information, or omission of key data, can lead to the need to return to study reports later in the review process.


Here are some tips for designing a data collection form, based on the informal collation of experiences from numerous review authors. The checklist in Table 7.3.a should also be consulted.