Preference for electronic data collection
In a new study SERAF researchers take a look at staff preferences for electronic data collection in the Norwegian take-home naloxone program.
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Since its inception in 2014, the Naloxone project has distributed almost 15,000 nasal sprays to drug users who are at risk of witnessing others or of experiencing their own overdose.
Along with training in the use of the spray and how to handle an overdose situation, staff are given an antidote spray for use in emergency situations.
While the project facilitates low-threshold distribution of naloxone, it also keeps close track of the distribution for research purposes.
The Naloxone project's mix of being a low-threshold harm reduction measure and a research study provides an extra dimension where research ethics, voluntary participation, data collection, user participation and good scientific methods must be in balance with feasible practice.
Need for efficiency
With a growing program, and more and more participants and delivery points, the project wanted to change, streamline and improve the data collection part so that it became easier, faster and more precise - for everyone involved.
In order for this shift from paper to electronic data collection to happen in the most knowledge-based way possible, a survey was conducted among naloxone program personnel.
Preference for Nettskjema
Those who work with naloxone distribution and overdose prevention training were asked whether they prefer paper or electronic forms when they collect research data.
A clear majority of the participants in the study preferred electronic data collection with the use of a web form.