Published Papers - Abstract 371

Graves A, Ball J & Frazer E. Data management: The building blocks of clean, accurate and reliable longitudinal datasets International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 2007; 1(1): 156-174

Data management involves the planning, management and production of data in a format suitable for researchers to use. The products of longitudinal studies are the datasets. Efficient and careful data management will result in datasets that are as accurate and as complete as possible. In addition, effective data management can reduce missing data and minimise data entry error. The final dataset must be in a form that is easy to understand and to use with a variety of statisticalpackages. Most importantly, data management processes and manipulations must be reproducible and well documented. This paper aims to provide some insight into data management procedures, using the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) as an example.