Guide to data sets

If clinical questions serve as reusable questions, data sets serve as reusable answers.

A data set is a set of answer options to a single choice or multiple choice question, and can be reused in multiple questions. This way, you don't have to keep recreating the same options for multiple questions.


Image: Example of a reusable "agree scale" data set with assigned scoring for its answer options

Examples of data sets include:

  • Frequency: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly

  • 1 to 10 slider: A slider scale with the possible responses being 1 to 10

  • Agree scale: Highly agree, somewhat agree, neither agree or disagree, somewhat disagree, highly disagree


Run a clinical questions report to track patients and their answers to clinical questions, including the date they answered.


Whenever you import a clinical tool from the Halaxy preset library, you also import its clinical questions and data sets, which you can also use if you create your own clinical tools.

Create a data set

You can create your own data sets in two ways:

  • In a clinical question

    1. Add a new clinical question.

    2. In the pop-up, click Add new data set.

  • From the Data Sets page

    1. Click Settings > Clinical, then click the Data Sets tab.

    2. In the top right, click Add Data Set.

Set up your data set

When you add a new data set, you need to name the set, add the answer options and, if needed, assign a corresponding score to each answer option.

  1. Add a new data set through any of the methods above.

  2. Under New Data Set, enter a Name and Description for your data set. (Example: Frequency)

  3. Under Answer Options, click Add value to add an answer option to this set. (Examples: Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often)

  4. (Optional) Under the Score column, assign a corresponding score (i.e. points) to each answer option. When creating clinical tools or questionnaires, the scores of responses can be calculated (through a sum, average or median) to provide an assessment. (Examples: Never = 0, Rarely = 1, Sometimes = 2, Often = 3)

  5. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each possible response you want to add to the data set.

  6. Click Save.

Your data set is ready to be used in any single choice or multiple choice clinical question.



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