[texhax] Newbie Question: (La)TeX Good Choice for Data Collection Forms in PDF?

Jack Ort JOrt at ResearchPoint.com
Tue Sep 8 17:37:13 CEST 2009

Hello!  I apologize if this is the wrong place to ask this question, but I 
have been frantically searching for information on TeX and LaTex, and 
whether or not it would be a good choice for designing data collection 
forms.  Specifically these would be clinical Case Report Forms (CRFs), 
where patient data such as vital signs, laboratory results, etc. would 
need to be collected across multiple clinic visits.  Typically these forms 
will have groups of empty boxes (with labels) for manual entry, questions 
with Yes/No checkboxes, lines for capturing free-text comments, and often 
tabular data entry sections as well.

Ideally, forms could be stored in a "library" for reuse and modification 
as needed.

Eventually these forms need to go to PDF, either for printing or for 
conversion to a data entry screen for a web-based data collection system.

We are considering Framemaker, but the cost and learning curve are steep! 
If it is relevant, would be using a Windows XP system to run whatever 
package we choose.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!

Best regards,


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