From the Studies Manager, users can view and add studies. The manager consists of a table displaying the studies with action buttons on the right side. Other options are available in the Studies Editor.
Users with appropriate permissions can also create Study Property Templates to streamline the process of creating studies.
The studies displayed on the manager can be filtered by pressing the Filter button at the bottom of the manager. This will open the Standard Search Dialog and allow users to change what studies are displayed. By default, the maximum number of studies displayed on the manager is 250. If more studies exist in the database, a user can use the Filter button to display the studies they want to find. (All studies can be displayed on the manager by selecting More > Limit Records Returned and selecting the Return all results option from the Filter's search dialog.)
On databases that support Study Level Security, administrators and primary investigators for a study can set study authorizations by user.
Individual studies can require a valid e-signature before certain actions via the E-signature Actions study property, for any combination of the following actions: new specimen commit, specimen updates, specimen location movements, and/or specimen deletions. A valid e-signature requires that the user enter their username and password, as well as a Reason for Change. The user will have 10 attempts to enter their username and password correctly, after which their account will be deactivated and their BSI session will close.
An e-signature can also be required upon specimen approval for inclusion in a requisition, via the “Study Owner (e-signature)” choice available in the Approval Process study property.
The user must select a Reason for Change from the dropdown list of options. These options can be edited by users with appropriate permissions via the lkup_reason_for_change code list in the Code Lists module.
If enabled, notifications can be sent via email to a specified address when a study is created and/or updated.
Example: Principle investigator Eratosthenes received a grant to study the relationship between exercise and heart calcification. He would like to keep his specimen data in BSI yet differentiate it from other specimen collections. To do so, Dr. Eratosthenes created a new study knowing that as specimen data is entered in BSI, each will have Dr. Eratosthenes’s unique Study name and ID associated with it. This will allow all of his specimens to be easily searched and reported on.