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Table 3 Summary of the findings related to timelines in the four studies reporting this outcome.

From: A review of randomized controlled trials comparing the effectiveness of hand held computers with paper methods for data collection

Study Timeliness Conclusions
  Handheld Computers Paper and Pencil  
Rivellese AA et al.1991 40 1 minutes/week to transfer data into computer with 'Food-Meter' cable hook up. > 30 minutes/week with conventional method. Specific data not provided. No conclusions were made
Tiplady B et al.1997 38 Authors claim electronic diary automation reduced total data handling time by over 80%; specific data not provided. Specific data not provided No conclusions were made
Lal SO et al. 2000 35 Average PDA data collection and hook up time was 50 minutes for every group of 10 patients entered Manual collection with computer entry method was 65 minutes for each group of 10 patients. Total time decreased by 23% Handheld computers decreased total time by 23%
Walker I et al. 2004 32 0.25 days from intravenous infusion to receipt of data.
Reminder phone calls 1/patient
25 days from intravenous infusion to receipt of data.
Reminder phone calls 5/patient
Major statistical and clinical significance.