MyDataHelps Designer has a few different field types that can store participant information as outlined in this article. Refer to the Participant Fields Overview article for basic information about what participant fields are, how to populate them, and how to use them.
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Demographic fields capture standard participant demographic information. Below are the available demographic fields; new demographic fields cannot be created.
Identifier fields capture different IDs for participants, which include:
- ParticipantIdentifier: The primary project-specific identifier, unique to the participant.
- SecondaryIdentifier: An optional, secondary project-specific identifier, unique to the participant.
For any other type of information to collect about a participant, you can create your own project-specific custom fields. Custom fields can be immensely powerful to your project and most projects will have custom fields that are available in a few different formats:
- Date: You might consider storing important date information (e.g. SurgeryDate or DiagnosisDate) in a custom date field.
- Decimal: You might consider storing precise data (e.g. Weight) in a custom decimal field.
- Email: While there is already a demographic email field, additional custom email fields can store a secondary or caretaker’s email address.
- Integer: Similar to decimal, but stores integer (e.g. PriorPregnancies) in a custom integer field.
- Phone: Similar to email, but you might consider storing a secondary or caretaker’s phone number.
- Text: You might want to store a string (e.g. StudySite) in a custom text field.
- Timestamp: Similar to date, but you can store a precise timestamp (e.g. ChildDelivery).
Creating Custom Participant Fields
While demographic and identifier fields cannot be created, you can create any number of custom fields to fit your project needs. To create a custom field:
- Navigate to the Custom Fields tab.
- From your project dashboard, click on Custom Fields, OR
- Navigate to your project, go to the Settings tab, and click on the Custom Fields tab.
- Add a name for your custom field (we strongly recommend using CamelCase for ease of readability).
- Optionally, add a description to your custom field and then click Add.
- You’ll now have the option to change the custom field format (see the above format descriptions) from the drop-down list. The default is “Text”.
- The “Editable” column is a way to control if the value of the custom field can be modified from the Participant Viewer (Participant Info tab) or populated by survey answers. This should almost always be checked.
- After adjusting your custom field, make sure you click “Save Custom Field Settings”.
Alternatively, you can also create a custom field from the Populate Custom Field drop-down within a survey step’s properties by selecting “New Custom Field”.