|When physicians talk about findings, they refer to the result of any given examination of a patient. This may include results of a physical examination, blood tests, imaging procedures (X-rays, ultrasound, MRI scan, CT scan, etc.) and many more. Taking all findings into account the physician will determine their diagnosis.
In clinical trials, the data collected are entered into the (e)CRF for future analyses. Often these data include findings from laboratory assessments (blood test), physical examinations (e.g. weight, blood pressure) and from imaging procedures.
Adverse events or serious adverse events occurring during a trial will also be documented in the (e)CRF. In this context, the sponsor often requires the investigator to document the diagnosis, which is based on several findings instead of individual symptoms.