There are four options that a user may select as their session purpose. It is possible that one or more of these session purposes will not be available to a user for a given cancer group, depending on the security roles that have been defined for that user within that cancer group.

If your session purpose is Research/General you will be able to search all of the patient records associated with your cancer group, regardless of whether they have consented to be a part of a study to which you are assigned, because all restricted information that might be used to discover the identity of the patients will automatically be suppressed. You will also not be able to perform searches on fields that contain this information. Since you do not specify a specific study under this session purpose, you will not have access to study-specific information about any patients.

If your session purpose is Research/Study, your access to data will be limited to those patients who have consented to be part of the indicated study. Whether or not you will have access to identifying information such as the patients' names or MRNs will depend on whether you have been granted the proper security permissions to view identifying information for that study. Records accessed may also be displayed with additional study-specific tabs, grids and/or fields that would not be available to others accessing those records for a different purpose or study.

If your session purpose is Clinical or QA (QA = Quality Assurance), you may have additional access to some patient identifying information, depending on your assigned role within your cancer group. However, you will not have access to study-specific information. The QA session purpose also activates the Quality Assurance module, which is used to review records recently entered for errors — see Marking a Patient Record Ready for Review and Performing Quality Assurance Reviews. If you have a Writer security role in the current cancer group, you can also register new patients into the cancer group under this session purpose.

If you checked the De-Identified checkbox on the CCR Welcome dialog window when recording your session purpose, all identifying information for all records will be suppressed and you will not be able to perform searches on any fields that contain that information, regardless of your session purpose or security role within the cancer group (or study — if applicable).

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Andrew Post, MD, PhD

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Shirleen Hewitt, DBA


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Aik Choon Tan, PhD

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Aik Choon Tan, PhD

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