Large database management in clinical dental research


Department of Dentistry, The University of Adelaide, GPO Box 498, Adelaide, South Australia, 5001


Previously the management and analysis of large databases for longitudinal clinical dental research has been severely restricted by the costs of custom-made software and access to suitable computing equipment. However, the recent availabiity of powerful personal computers and the use of the Scientific Information Retrieval Database Management System (SIR/DBMS) in association with BMDP Statistical Software has now created an enormously powerful tool for extensive and fast data manipulation requiring relatively few commands and the capability to easily perform detailed statistical analyses.