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## How to use the OSF to manage a clinical research workflow ## 1. Create **Components** to store and share non-sensitive clinical research materials. For example, create separate components for: a. [protocol materials and study design information][1], b. [consent forms (unsigned)][2], c. [analysis plans and scripts from your statistician][3], d. [IRB forms and information][4]. 2. Add your team to those components that they need access to using the **Contributors** tab at the top of each component. edit a. Remember not to add blinded team members to a component that contains materials that might comprimise their blinded state. b. Provide team members with **Permissions** to reflect what control they need over the materials. Allocate Administrative permissions to only those who require them (eg, PIs) to avoid study information from being made public accidentally, which could violate blinding. Team members should have Read or Read + Write permissions. 3. Use the **Wiki** to provide instruction and direction to your team, such as how to find materials or how to use them properly. Updates to information in the **Wiki** allow documentation of the study as the content is tracked using **Verison Control**. 4. **Upload** your non-sensitive research materials into the appropriate **Component** of the project. When new versions of these materials are available, upload them again with the same filename. All these versions will remain available, but the most recent will be the one your team will navigate to when they select that file. This is because all changes to files on the OSF are tracked using **Verison Control**. 5. **GUID**s, which are persistent and shareable URLs, for each component and each file make sharing the most recent version of your file easy. If someone has permission to access the file, simply forward the GUID to them and they will be taken directly to the file. 5. **Connect** your OSF project with other research services your team uses, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Dataverse, and many more. Select the **Settings** tab and pick your **Add-ons**. Do not connect to **Add-on** locations that also house materials that contain PHI to prevent accidental copying of sensitive material into OSF storage. 6. When the trial is complete, anonymized data and study method information can easily be shared. The Administrator can select **Make Public** on those Components that contain shareable material and anonymized data. Cite your anonymized data and materials in your study report using their GUID to get credit for your work. ## Examples of study information and links to include in your project **Wiki**: ## **Trial registration** This trial is registered at the Trial registry Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry: [ACTRN12613000901707][5] **Trial design** ![Flow diagram][6] **Trial protocol** [Here you will find the most recent version of the trial protocol][7]. **Consent forms** [Here you will find the most recent version of the consent forms][8]. Changes [1]: [2]: [3]: [4]: [5]: [6]: [7]: [8]:
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