This is where Candat shines
You can really organize your data entry. Candat supports unlimited subject files (a subject file can hold unlimited subject records).You can have independent coders enter data for large studies and combine them at the end.
Each subject record can hold:
- up to 7 days of data
- up to 999 meals (user defined meals, you can really let your imagination go here)
Candat makes it easy for you to manage subject data. From simple lists to changing codes to merging files, the computer does it all. You have real control and confidence in your data, in your study.
You no longer have to scan your data to find problems. Candat does it for you and highlights the problem areas. Even errors of coding causing outliers can be caught and corrected easily.
Once your data is pure the primary analysis generates the nutrient data associated with each food in each meal in each day for each subject. This step can be done multiple times for any number of nutrients. You may wish to run your data with a small set of nutrients
just to ensure that everything is ok and then run it will all nutrients confidently. This is both efficient and accurate.
Reports produced by Candat can be printed and/or sent to files. It does not take too many calculations to realize that printed reports could run hundreds of pages. Nor are these printed reports necessary. You can send them
to files and view them from there to make sure the data is as expected.
Each report also produces a data file. This is a file that is self documenting and that can be imported, as-is, into spreadsheet programs or statistical analyses programs. No need for a separate export program.
At this stage the data phase of your study is almost done. Candat has generated the nutrient variables and you only need to relate them to other parameters. No hand data entry is required, you can be confident that the calculated data has maintained its integrity throughout.
The many types of report produced by Candat allow you to see the data in many ways without a need for external processes.
You pick the data you want to see, summarized the way you want it and then you choose how you want to see it.
Only Candat provides:
- week-weighted averages (to truly represent average daily intake)
- day of week code
- group code
along with all the nutrient related data. Only when you are ready with the data, summarized as you want it, do you need to send it an external system such as a statistical package or a spreadsheet program. Everything you have done so far has followed a well structured path to very clean data.
R.N.I reports are not part of the research stream but use the same data. As feedback to your subjects you may wish to give them a nutrient profile of their intake. With no additional data entry this report can be directed to a file, made to your specifications in word processing and handed to the subject… good public relations.