To allow researchers to explore the data in the Clinical Research Data Warehouse (CRDW) prior to making a data request, the CRI operates a cohort discovery tool called SEE Cohorts.

The SEE Cohorts web interface is populated with data from the CRDW. Users can explore this data with an intuitive drag-and-drop method and create queries with multiple and/or logic, using search terms based on standard terminologies. The system provides researchers with a view of actual de-identified data, rather than relying solely on rough patient counts. This allows researchers to evaluate actual data values within a data set. These results can inform data requests for de-identified or IRB-approved identified data, as well as helping researchers to formulate hypotheses and identify potential cohorts for research studies and clinical trials.




Q: What are the uses of SEE Cohorts?

A: SEE Cohorts can assist researchers in creating new research hypotheses, identifying potential cohorts for clinical trials, and reducing the time spent on study feasibility and subject recruitment. It is also a way for potential CRDW users to become familiar with the data elements we have available.

Q: What credentials do I need to access SEE Cohorts?

A: You can access the SEE Cohorts system here with your BSD or UCHAD login credentials. If you do not have a BSD or UCHAD account, you may request one by visiting the BSD Account Request page or contacting the IT Service Desk at 773-702-3456.

You must be on a secure University network to access SEE Cohorts. If you are working off campus, please log into the University’s VPN.

Q: How do I use SEE Cohorts to perform a query?

A: Detailed instructions for using SEE Cohorts are available in our User Guide.

Q: Can I export de-identified data from SEE Cohorts?

A: The interface does not currently support direct exporting of de-identified data. If your cohort discovery results are promising and you would like a full data extract, please follow the process for placing a CRDW data request.

How can I get technical help with SEE Cohorts?

A:  Submit a ticket or email us.